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.


Expanded access to healthcare in several major metropolitan cities.

Criminal Justice

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


Multi-million dollar investments in affordable housing.


Multi-million dollar expansions of public transportation.


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


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Our Latest News

December 5, 2023 in Affordable Housing, FAST

Local faith leaders call on city of St. Pete, Mayor Welch to commit to more affordable housing

By Hannah Dineen, WTSP Faith leaders in St. Petersburg are calling on city leaders to create more affordable housing — and soon. On Tuesday evening at St. Petersburg's Child's Park…
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December 5, 2023 in Affordable Housing, FAST

Non-profit leaders call on St. Pete Mayor Ken Welch to address housing crisis

By Brittany Muller, WFLA Rent had been increased by hundreds of dollars for St. Pete resident Phillis Young. “I just could not absolutely afford that, so my daughter and I…
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November 28, 2023 in Affordable Housing, Homeless Services, PACT, Violence

‘Let Justice Roll!’ How a group of many faiths takes on Miami’s big social problems

By Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald The pews of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Allapattah buzz with chatter from Christians and Jews, Muslims and Protestants. Pastors talk casually with Rabbis. Unitarian…
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