Take Back the Land is one of the raddest, most effective groups I’ve come across. Hailing from Miami, home to one of the country’s largest homeless populations and highest vacancy rates, Take Back the Land is inspiring people across the country to approach homelessness from a different perspective.
Take Back the Land’s first major project was to organize a group of homeless folks to squat an empty plot of land together. They formed to Umoja Village, building shanty homes together on the lot. The Village not only served to house people, but created community while drawing attention to their struggle.
Now, Take Back the Land helps families take over vacant houses. Their direct action approach only helps keep families out of shelters and off the streets until they can get back on their feet.
They are currently trying to raise $1,000 as part of an end of the year campaign, and they’ve already raised $600 of it. You can donate here.