NEWHAB is for anyone who cares about guaranteeing the right to a healthy, sustainable, and permanently affordable home for all. We are a group of individuals from all across the country, committed to advancing anti-racist practices and policies that will transform our energy, water, health, and housing systems. Whether you are a renter, a community organizer, a lawyer, an architect, an engineer, you can find a reason and an opportunity to grow with us. Learn more by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org or join us now.
We recognize that multiple, often disconnected systems for providing clean air, safe water, reliable energy, and quality housing all meet in the home. For too long these systems have been maintained by separate legal structures and operated independently, and those who have tried to improve each system have been largely separated.
Relationships are at the heart of NEWHAB’s success. We practice self-organizing and celebrate emergence. We are continuously investing in our decentralized structure as an effective way to build collective power and knowledge. By fostering and strengthening relationships among practitioners, we craft intersectoral strategies and solutions that forge a new path forward.
Together, our members and our resources combine to form a thriving commons. The network serves as a convener to nurture emerging conversations, build new connections, share information among diverse stakeholders, and catalyze collaboration across geographies, levels of policy, and different backgrounds.
In addition to member-to-member collaboration, as a network we are dedicated to supporting aligned movements, adhering to and amplifying community-driven solutions. We recognize that housing and environmental justice are threads in a web of interrelated factors supporting human dignity and community resilience. We seek to strengthen connectivity, deepen relationships, and increase momentum at all of the intersections.
NEWHAB is made up of hundreds of engaged members from across the U.S. representing a balanced mix of perspectives and expertise, channeled toward a unified purpose. Membership is open to individuals—not organizations. So long as individuals continue to agree with the relevance and purpose of NEWHAB, they are encouraged to stay involved in the network, even if they switch employers or fields. Our current membership includes efficiency program implementers, affordable housing owners and developers, community organizers, environmental and racial justice advocates, public agency officials, healthy home implementers, artists, contractors, residents and resident advocates, utilities, lenders, and philanthropic funders.
The idea of NEWHAB sprouted in 2014 as a partnership with the Energy Efficiency for All project funded by the JPB Foundation, which supports 12 state coalitions across the United States. Today we welcome all individuals working toward making affordable multifamily homes energy and water efficient, healthy, and sustainable.