Metro IAF, Inc

aka Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, Inc.   |   Jamaica, NY   |  www.metro-iaf.org

Mission

We are leaders and organizers who use the power we build to improve the lives of our families, communities, regions, and nations. We marshal the two universal sources of power -- organized people and organized money -- so that our organizations can collaborate with or confront powerful institutions in the governmental and private sectors. We are part of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith power organizations; and we have more than 75 years of experience starting and winning battles that others often claim can't be won.

Ruling year info

1995

Lead Director

Martin Trimble

Main address

89-60 164th Street

Jamaica, NY 11432 USA

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EIN

13-3805406

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Immigrants' Rights (R21)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Areas of focus are working for affordable housing & neighborhood revitalization, education, living wage jobs, immigration rights, criminal justice reform, public transit, gun safety, strengthen local unions, opioid crisis, mental health & youth support in criminal justice system.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Criminal Justice Reform

In light of the historic discrimination against African Americans and people of color in the criminal justice system, Metro IAF has been fighting for equity by harnessing citizen anger in Baltimore, Cleveland, and other areas to change a system that permanently harms hundreds of thousands of African-American, immigrant, and low-income residents in Metro IAF’s cities and suburban areas. Metro IAF is dedicated to ending the communities-to-prison pipeline and creating alternatives that invest in people on the front end and ensure they receive a fair chance after being released from prison.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Metro IAF affiliates in the last 30 years, have 1) Developed 6,500+ Nehemiah homeownership units for first-time homebuyers in New York City, NY, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL and Metro Washington DC with a foreclosure rate of less than 1%; 2) Won more than $4.5 billion to finance affordable housing, permanent supportive housing and neighborhood revitalization in urban and suburban communities in DC, IL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, VA and WI; 3) Organized with Tenants to upgrade and preserve more than 26,000 low-income apartments for low-income rentrs plagued by slum landlords and/or threatened by upscale development in DC, IL, MD, NC, NJ, NY, and VA; 4) Held banks (JP Morgan, Bank of America, GE, Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo, etc.) accountable for the predatory loan and foreclosure crisis and won reinvestment agreements, totaling $400 million to rebuild blighted Milwaukee, WI, Northern VA, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD and Jersey City, NJ.

Currently, Metro IAF is organizing for neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing in Milwaukee, WI, Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Jersey City, NJ, Metro NY, Metro Durham/Raleigh, NC, Boston, MA, and Northern VA.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Ethnic and racial groups
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Build power to improve the lives of our families, communities, regions, and nations within the framework of all the issues we are tackling.

We are leaders and organizers who use the power we build to improve the lives of our families, communities, regions, and nations.

We marshal the two universal sources of power -- organized people and organized money -- so that our organizations can collaborate with or confront powerful institutions in the governmental and private sectors.

We are non-ideological and pragmatic -- building working relationships, based on shared interests, across many of the lines that divide individuals and institutions. We are also strictly non-partisan, not favoring or supporting any party, but fiercely favoring and supporting those issues and strategies that bring more dignity and greater opportunity to an every-widening circle of society.

We challenge people to imagine the change they can accomplish, connect individuals and organizations to multiply their power, and organize people by the thousands to make their voices heard. We set high goals, design innovative strategies, and stick with issues until they are fully addressed. Our time frame is not the market cycle or the news cycle or the election cycle, but the generational cycle of families and institutions.

Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the first and largest
network of multi-faith, broad-based citizen organizations, which has seven decades of experience winning tough battles on
housing, health care, education, living wages, immigration rights, and other issues in the US and abroad. Metro IAF’s 22
affiliates are in the East, Midwest, and Southeast United States (CT, DC, IL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WI).

We have organizers on the ground at each of our affiliates engaging residents, building leaders and raising money. They help the leaders identify and work on issues to affect positive change within their communities.

Won statewide Criminal Justice Reform in MA reducing use of mandatory minimums for drug sentencing, reduction of fines and fees for probation and parole, bail reform and regulating and reducing use of solitary confinement. Won $2.2 billion to repair NYC Public Housing Authority (NYCHA) units where 500,000 black and brown New Yorkers live with mold, rats, no heat and many other code violations; Forced NYCHA to agree to tough new standards for fixing mold and leaks in the 186,000 units of NYCHA public housing. Secured $500 million from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council to begin construction on 15,000 senior units on vacant NYCHA land, which will free up NYCHA units to house 150,000 low income New Yorkers. Won $250 million in dedicated funds for affordable housing in DC, MA, MD, NC & VA, which financed 9,590 units; Built/preserved through organizing 3,500 units of affordable housing in DC, IL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY & VA. Won $500 million in new money annually to fund public transit infrastructure upgrades for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which serves over 350 million transit riders a year, through a two-year campaign led by Metro IAF’s 5 affiliates in the DC, MD & VA region and the Amalgamated Transit Union/ATU Local 689. Victory will yield $15 billion in upgrades for transit infrastructure for the region and protects 13,000 living wage jobs for African American workers. Do Not Stand Idly By (DNSIB), in partnership with Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), won shareholder victories at Sturm Reuger and American Outdoor Brands (AOBC) annual meetings requiring companies to issue reports on the deadly impact of their products and actions taken to mitigate those impacts. Trained 2,000 Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) local union presidents, stop stewards and key leaders from 65+ locals across the US on creating and implementing strategies to engage and build power among workers who operate and maintain buses, trains and transit facilities. Secured pledges from law enforcement & school officials NOT to act as ICE agents in CT, DC, IL, MA, MD, NC & VA. Won commitments from Attorneys General in VA, MD, MA & DC to fight against family separations of US citizen children with undocumented parents and to oppose Federal actions to penalize immigrant families that use public services to which they are legally entitled. Won creation of parish ID’s to be recognized by Baltimore City law enforcement and other agencies . Turnaround Tuesday/BUILD jobs movement in Baltimore secured 635 job placements through the organizing and training of unemployed, underemployed and returning citizens at Johns Hopkins Hospital and other anchor institution employers with a 82% retention rate. Created Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training programs in Metro Chicago, training 1,101 law enforcement officers with 1,000 more in pipeline. Moving forward on all these types of issues & more as they are identified.

Financials

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Metro IAF, Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rev David Brawley

East Brooklyn Congregations


Board co-chair

Rev Patrick O'Connor

QUEENS Power

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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