Washington Inner-city Self Help (WISH) goes to South Africa
This project examines the history of Washington Inner-city Self Help (WISH) in South Africa. WISH was a grassroots organization that organized among poor and moderate-income people in Washington, D.C., 1978-2003. In the early 1990s, several WISH members traveled to South Africa to help poor black tenants become cooperative homeowners in previously all-white Johannesburg. The building pictured at right is one of seven rental buildings in Johannesburg that became cooperatively owned by their tenants with the help of WISH. To learn more about this story, check out my chapter, “Struggling for Housing, from D.C. to Johannesburg: Washington Innercity Self Help Goes to South Africa,” now available in the 2016 volume, Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, D.C., edited by Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, and published by Routledge Press.