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Eugene Chen

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Eugene Chen

Eugene Chen

Name of Host Organization: New York Legal Assistance Group
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Gay/Lesbian Rights, Housing/Homelessness
Sponsors: The Paul Rapoport Foundation

The Project

Eugene provided legal advocacy, outreach, and education to low-income LGBTQ people in New York City’s communities of color who were at risk of eviction or experiencing housing discrimination due to their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
LGBTQ people of color, particularly those who are transgender, gender non-conforming, or affected by HIV/AIDS, face greater rates of poverty and homelessness due to persistent discrimination in housing and employment based on their race and LGBTQ identities. For the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community, attaining housing security is an important step toward ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness. In recent years, the rapid pace of gentrification in New York City’s communities of color has jeopardized fair access to affordable housing, thereby displacing low-income communities of color. Through legal services, outreach, and education, Eugene has prevented displacement and addressed discrimination experienced by some of New York City’s low-income LGBTQ population in communities of color.
The Right Person For This Project