LUCHA stands for Land Use Colonia Housing Action. It is a multilateral effort that aims to build power among residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in South Texas by organizing groups through increased access to information residents and community organizations can use to better advocate for their  respective communities.


The term "colonia," in Spanish means a community or neighborhood. The Office of the Secretary of State defines a "colonia" as a residential area along the Texas-Mexico border that may lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water and sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, and safe and sanitary housing. Lack of affordable housing, coupled with Texas’ limited regulation and low taxes at the county level, has contributed to thousands of families settling in primarily isolated communities on former farmland, ill prepared to handle the infrastructural needs of residential development.

In 2011-12 colonia leaders, community organizing institutions, Community Development Corporations, planners and housing policy experts partnered to develop seven model colonia plans. The model colonia plans serve as the backdrop for LUCHA.


The partners in LUCHA are La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), A Resource in Serving Equality (ARISE), Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (TxLIHIS), BuildingCommunityWorkshop and CDCB.

Land Use Colonia Housing Action

(LUCHA)

LUCHA & Drainage EQUITY

The Colonia Stormwater Low Impact Development & Open Space project seeks to provide sustainable drainage infrastructure and open space strategies to Colonias in need. By layering drainage and open space we can create spaces that not only address the problem of flooding, but also provide spaces for gathering and enjoyment. The project addresses the problem of flooding through education, political and community engagement, and design. It seeks to educate Colonia residents and government officials about drainage challenges and the opportunities to improve stormwater infrastructure at the Colonias through Low Impact Development strategies.