BU-GATA is a community-based organization that serves Arlington youth and adults through education and leadership development programs focusing on education, housing attainment, and civic engagement in low-income, immigrant communities.
BU-GATA was organized and created by a group of Latino tenants in 1992 to stop displacement of low-income residents from an apartment complex. As the organization grew, 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 (BYB). In 2010 BU-GATA started the Junior BYB program for elementary and middle school students.
BU-GATA advocates for affordable housing, partners and collaborates with other community organizations for the production and preservation of affordable housing in Arlington County, Virginia.
BU-GATA works with Arlington County renter community education renters about tenant rights and responsibilities, landlord rights and responsibilities, and educate tenants on how to resolve tenant-landlord issues that may arise during the tenancy.