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May 8 Consulting is a woman-owned social impact consulting firm based in Philadelphia. May 8 Consulting tackles tough challenges in cities across the country with great partners – our clients. Whether trying to create inclusive neighborhoods, promote equitable economic growth, reactivate vacant properties, or improve residents' health, our goal is to work with our clients to create an action plan to address these issues that is innovative, collaborative, high-impact and politically feasible. We do not stop at creating a plan of action, however; often, we work with our clients to implement the necessary changes.

May 8 Consulting has brought about significant changes to law and policy that achieve high impact, measurable outcomes.

"The partnership between the Housing Alliance and May 8 Consulting has provided a powerful combination of a well-conceived, research-based framework and effective statewide advocacy to promote its adoption."
From Blight to Bright 2014

"Taking Care of Business: Improving Philadelphia's Small Business Climate," could spark some rejoicing because it is the opposite of a dry and boring report. It is clear, coherent and compelling, and provides action steps and common-sense solutions that could provide some canny elected official - the mayor, for example, or certain members of City Council - with a working blueprint for changing the city's economy."
—Philadelphia Daily News Editorial Page November 22, 2011

recent news

Shelterforce Magazine article by Karen Black discusses proactive strategies college towns are adopting to gain a measure of control over the spread of student housing and limit any negative impact on real estate markets and affordable housing stock supply near campus.
Explore Cincinnati's transformative urban revitalization model of its Over-the-Rhine neighborhood here.
May 8's Karen Black publishes chapter titled "Creating the Framework in Local Government for Action on Problem Properties" in ABA Vacant and Problem Properties Book: A Guide to Legal Strategies and Remedies.

Watch Karen Black's recent webinar on strategic code enforcement here.