making Arlington a better place
Originally known as the Gates of Arlington Tenants Association (GATA) in the Buckingham (BU) neighborhood, the organization came to be known as Buckingham Gates of Arlington Tenants Association (BU-GATA). Established by Latino renters in 1992. BU-GATA was created to stop displacement from a neighborhood multi-family complex, the Gates of Arlington. As the organization grew stronger, residents began to broaden BU-GATA’s focus to include community stability, and in 1998, addressed another neighborhood need – youth leadership development – by creating the Buckingham Youth Brigade.
As a community-based non-profit, BU-GATA has focused on defending tenants, educating residents about their rights, and fighting to preserve the community when gentrification threatens.
BU-GATA's mission is to serve Arlington's low-income, immigrant communities through education and leadership development programs, focusing on education and civic engagement in public policy issues.
Outreach Program: The Promotoras. A a peer-to-peer network of neighborhood connectors or liaisons to help immigrants and others with language difficulties gain access to County services.
Housing-related programs: resident education on housing issues and their rights, working to preserve affordable housing in the neighborhoods throughout Arlington, intervention and mediation with landlords, development of tenant-friendly housing programs and minimizing the impact of displacement in Buckingham and other Arlington neighborhoods. Other programs include monitoring of relocation plans, ensuring that residents stay in their housing units and are not evicted.
Youth programs: BU-GATA works year-round with young people in the communities we serve to emphasize the importance of education and civic participation, with focus on high school graduation, college attainment and community identity and leadership skills.
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