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We Are Family In DC, Studying Neighborhood Change (2012)

Michael D. M. Bader Presented at the Institute for Policy Studies Brown Bag, Washington, D.C..


As gentrification and economic development rapidly change neighborhoods across the District of Columbia, thousands of low income households are being pushed to the margins. Through a radical vision of community service and an extensive volunteer network, We Are Family brings groceries and provides basic assistance to 600 low income seniors in Columbia Heights and the North Capitol area each month. They bring advocacy, services, organizing, and companionship into the homes of isolated, low-income elderly, while helping to build friendships across boundaries like race, class, religion, age, culture, and sexual orientation.

The Institute for Policy Studies' Economic Hardship Reporting Project sponsored this brown bag discussion about the innovative methods used by scholars to study urban poverty – and the creative activism by community organizations addressing it featuring We Are Family Co-Director, Mark Anderson, and American University Assistant Professor of Sociology, Michael Bader.

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