The Stable Ground Project
Funded by a generous grant from The Kresge Foundation, Stable Ground will address the complex relationship between chronic housing insecurity, its psychologically traumatic impact, and municipal housing policy through participatory community-based art and culture programming that is structured to inform the work of the City of Boston’s Office of Housing Stability. We will embed artists, legal designers, and trauma experts into community/municipal settings to generate outcomes that contribute to local visual/performing arts exhibits and art-making events. These events will include facilitated conversations among artists, residents, activists, organizers, experts, and municipal leaders, all structured to inform existing OHS services and those in development. Outcomes and learning will be captured in a project report and evaluation suitable for publication. We expect to see a greater shared understanding among project participants of the nature and scope of the traumatic impact of housing insecurity and to see that understanding reflected in policies and programs developed by OHS, and in the future community work of the other partnership organizations. We hope to influence the work of other individuals, organizations, and municipalities through our published report and evaluation.
Stable Ground is a collaboration among four organizations. The NuLawLab engages arts-based disciplines to create new models of legal empowerment. The Office of Housing Stability creates new programs and policies to support the creation, maintenance and preservation of secure and affordable housing. Violence Transformed fosters creative action to overcome violence and extends trauma-informed training to community-based groups. The Domestic Violence Institute provides focused community education with the goal of helping people break the cycle of violence.