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Justice & Poverty Project

This is the project at Harvard of which Matthew Desmond is a co-director. The Justice and Poverty Project is a broad effort at researrch, dissemination, and outreach that aims to deepen our understanding, energize communities, and ignite public conversation in three areas: mass incarceration, low-income housing and housing instability, and severe deprivation. 

Just Shelter

Just Shelter was founded by Matthew Desmond and Tessa Lowinske Desmond to raise awareness of the human cost of the lack of affordable housing in America and to amplify the work of community organizations working to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness.

Make Room

Make Room is an advocacy group dedicated to advancing the cause of affordable housing. They encourage voters to consider these issues when in the voting booth in addition to demanding attention, action, and resources from Congress.  


Dane County Salvation Army

"The Salvation Army believes strongly in meeting the basic needs of individuals and families, young and old. These basics needs include food, clothing, shelter and household needs. While meeting the physical needs, The Salvation Army staff also offer hope and guidance to those coming in for services."


"Porchlight strives to decrease the homeless population by providing shelter, housing, supportive services and a sense of community in ways that empower residents and program participants to positively shape their lives." - Porchlight  Mission Statement

Briarpatch Youth Services

"Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization serving Dane County. The agency's mission is to provide innovative services dedicated to strengthening and improving the lives of youth, their families and our community."

Housing Initiative

"For over 20 years, Housing Initiatives has ended homelessness for 600 men, women, and veterans who suffer form a mental illness by provided them with a permanent home and supportive services to help them lead a healthier life."

Tenant Resource Center

"Tenant Resource Center is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to promoting positive relations between rental housing consumers (tenants) and Providers (landlords) throughout Wisconsin. By provided Information and referrals, education about rental rights and responsibilities, and access to conflict resolution, we empower the community to obtain and maintain quality affordable housing."

United Way Dane County

"United Way of Dane County fights for the education, financial stability, and health of everyone in Dane County."