Mission Statement

Washington, D.C., is truly a tale of two cities.

Boiled down to its essence, this revolves around the question of affordability. The traditional, almost exclusively African-American working class in D.C. is being driven out because the city is being constructed or reconstructed in a way that makes it unaffordable. The cost of living is so high that the District is not even affordable for many of the newer sections of the population that have arrived in the last few years.

Affordability covers both the issues of costs and wages. If it costs too much to pay for housing, or heat and light, both of which are subsidiary pillars of housing, people will be driven out and are being driven out.

Justice First works to oppose gentrification and displacement in D.C., and advocates for affordable housing for all.



Eugene Puryear Sean Blackmon

Eugene Puryear
Director of Field Operations

Sean Blackmon
Director of Advancement

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