Urban Revival, Inc. dba City Life/VIda Urbana

Jamaica Plain, United States
Joined March 2019

We fight for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, education, and advocacy. City Life has roots in defending tenants’ rights.

Presence in: United States
Focus: Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods

City Life/Vida Urbana (City Life, CL/VU) is a multi-lingual, grassroots social, racial and economic justice organization founded in 1973 by activists from many movements in order to organize a movement for social, racial and economic justice led by those directly impacted by injustice. City Life promotes individual empowerment, develops community leaders, and builds collective power to effect systemic change and transform society.

City Life organizes and develops the leadership of working class Boston residents threatened with housing displacement in order to win individual and community-wide stabilization and promote affordable housing throughout Boston and beyond. The tactics and activities we use are intensive individualized outreach, weekly, bilingual mass meetings in two locations, direct action organizing and casework, paired with media, leadership development, public policy advocacy and coalition engagement.

Through tenant association organizing over the years, City Life’s staff organizers and tenant leaders, collaborating closely with community lawyers, have prevented evictions and protected vulnerable community members from being exploited by landlords. These efforts particularly target low-income communities of color and immigrant communities. Those threatened with the loss of their homes play a central role in stabilizing their housing and become community leaders who help neighbors stabilize their housing and advocate for affordable housing citywide.

City Life’s program consists of Tenant Association organizing campaigns in five Boston neighborhoods. Each campaign consists of intensive outreach, casework/legal advocacy, mass meetings, public protests in conjunction with media outreach, and coalition engagement.