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Jason Bailey

2015, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey

City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Housing/Homelessness
Sponsors: Norflet Progress Fund

The Project

Jason will address housing discrimination in Arkansas by providing direct representation, educating tenants, establishing and training a network of training advocates, and developing potential impact litigation.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Tenants in Arkansas are afforded few enforcement mechanisms to assert their fair housing rights. Arkansas is one of only two states that lack a private fair housing program to provide tenants with legal representation in state or federal administrative hearings or in court proceedings. As a result, many low-income tenants attempting to assert their fair housing rights must proceed on a pro se basis during the administrative process. This project will work to remedy the dearth of legal services available to low-income tenants in Arkansas who are facing housing discrimination.
The Right Person For This Project
Jason is the right person for the project because:
• Prior to law school, Jason was an investigator with the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, where he developed a keen understanding of fair housing issues in Arkansas
• Throughout law school, Jason gained practical experience working on behalf of low-income individuals and communities with Legal Aid of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the University of Arkansas Criminal Defense Clinic
• He is committed to combating housing discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity and went to law school to work on improving this issue
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Jason will:
• Build further expertise in relevant fair housing laws and identify low-income victims of housing discrimination in need of direct representation
• Develop training materials and provide educational seminars in communities with an especially high prevalence of housing discrimination complaints
• Develop and strengthen relationships between the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission and relevant social justice and legal aid organizations in Arkansas