We build people power to do justice

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What we do

We believe communities ought to determine their own futures

We bring this belief to life by training community leaders and professional organizers to build power and take direct action on problems facing their communities. We:

Listen Deeply

to their community for what they are struggling with and what their vision is for the future.

Research Effectively

to better understand problems that members of the community face, and to determine what might be done to solve those problems.

Organize & Take Direct Action

so that those who hold the power of decision making are held accountable to putting people first and solving the problems that their community faces.

Our impact

Our collective impact

Since 1982, DART has trained over 10,000 community leaders and 270 professional community organizers, who together have greatly impacted their communities.

Public Education

Fair suspension policies and better reading instruction in public schools.

Healthcare

Expanded access to healthcare in several major metropolitan cities.

Criminal Justice

Proven approaches to combat over-policing and reduce unnecessary arrests.

Housing

Multi-million dollar investments in affordable housing.

Transportation

Multi-million dollar expansions of public transportation.

Training

Investment in jobs training and opportunities.

Where we work

31 locally-led organizations

The DART Network is comprised of 31 affiliated congregation-based community organizations throughout ten states:

• Florida
• Georgia
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Kentucky

• Nebraska
• Ohio
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Virginia

Careers

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Blog

Our Latest News

January 19, 2023 in Affordable Housing, HOPE

Hillsborough adds affordable housing options

By C.T. Bowen, Tampa Bay Times Gigi Van Doren of Tampa is a longtime volunteer for HOPE — the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, a faith-based agency advocating for…
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January 18, 2023 in Affordable Housing, Capital Area Justice Ministry

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey wants the city to get creative with affordable housing

By Margie Menzel, WFSU The Tallahassee City Commission devoted a lot of conversation to affordable housing during its annual retreat Wednesday. That was an encouraging sign for those who’d been…
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January 12, 2023 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, Justice Matters

Justice Matters to host public meeting about racial disparities in Douglas County Jail

By Austin Hornbostel, Lawrence Journal-World Faith-based advocacy group Justice Matters is set to host a public meeting later this month to encourage community action stemming from a recently published study…
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