United for Housing is a collaborative project developed by first-year students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program, the Community Development Finance Lab, and United Families of Sunset Park, a group of over 15  families who are organizing to establish a housing cooperative in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. The project involves the co-production of education and organizing tools to advance the efforts of the group, the design of methodologies to identify potential properties for the project in the neighborhood, and the design of different scenarios to develop cooperative housing considering local assets and available public programs and funds. This project builds on last year’s project Women, Care, and Housing: Envisioning a Housing Cooperative Model in Sunset Park, which was lead by students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies Class 2020.

United for Housing is part of a multi-year project. It intends to strengthen the existing relationships between our community partners and organizations and experts in housing, as well as building new relationships for future collaborations and partnerships. Some of the existing collaborators include the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), the New Economy Project, the Center for Family Life, and The New School’s Community Development Finance Lab which is led by Kevin McQueen. This project involves graduate students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies, the MS Urban and Public Policy, the MS Economics, and the MS International Affairs.


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Team Members

MS Design and Urban Ecologies (Class 2021): Emily Bowe, Jason Brown, Daniela Castillo, Daniel Chu, Rachel Crist, Amron Lee, and Ashley Lehrer. MS Urban and Public Policy:  Ana Milena Prada Uribe and Andrew Stark. MS Economics: Adam Schiabor. MS International Affairs: Douglas Salathe. Graduate Certificate Leadership and Change: Dirk Van Stee.


Urban Homesteading Assitance Board (UHAB)

New Economy Project

Center for Family Life

Community Development Finance Lab