10.10.17 — The Kresge Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to Northeastern University School of Law’s NuLawLab to support a local housing stability initiative, Stable Ground. The award will enable NuLawLab and two additional university-affiliated partners to address the complex relationship among chronic housing insecurity, its psychologically traumatic impact, and municipal housing policy through participatory community-based art and culture programming that is structured to support the work of the City of Boston’s Office of Housing Stability (OHS). OHS works to prevent displacement through promoting housing preservation and tenant stabilization; offers Boston residents housing crisis support; provides information about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities; develops new programs and resources; and researches, drafts, and implements policies designed to prevent displacement and keep communities intact.

“We are honored to be partnering with The Kresge Foundation and OHS on this important work, and are looking forward to merging art and law to advance the conversation around housing stability in Boston,” said Dan Jackson ’97, executive director of the NuLawLab. Joining the NuLawLab and OHS for Stable Ground are the Violence Transformed initiative of the Public Health Advocacy Institute, and Northeastern University School of Law's Domestic Violence Institute.

Commencing in December, Stable Ground will place artists, law school students and trauma experts into community and municipal government settings to collaboratively generate outcomes that contribute to local visual and performing arts exhibits and art-making events. These events, to be held in spring 2018, will include facilitated conversations among artists, residents, activists, organizers, experts and municipal leaders. All of the project activity will be structured to support existing OHS services and those in development. The grant will also support three Northeastern law students who will spend one quarter (approximately 11 weeks) on co-op as “legal designers” with community-based artists in support of the project’s goals. To learn more about the project, visit stablegroundboston.org.

Stable Ground

“Wish Cloud,” by Gliser Fuentes Mena, award-winning entry in the juried Shelter exhibit sponsored by the Harlem School of the Arts and the National Association of Women Arts in cooperation with the Violence Transformed initiative in December 2016. 

The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grant making and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit. This grant has been awarded in furtherance of Kresge’s Arts and Culture Program, which seeks to make arts and culture a central element to equitable strategies for rebuilding and reinvigorating metropolitan areas. To learn more, visit kresge.org/programs/arts-culture.

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