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Brook Hill

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Brook Hill

Brook Hill

Name of Host Organization: Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
Sponsors: Crowell & Moring LLP

The Project

Provide representation to tenants' associations of properties timing out of subsidy in DC, to preserve affordability and ensure compliance with fair housing, relocation, and landlord/tenant laws.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Due to the large income disparity between African Americans and the rest of the city, large numbers of African Americans are being pushed out of neighborhoods because they cannot afford the high rent. The holistic legal representation envisioned by this project is needed to prevent the displacement of low-income tenants of color from formerly subsidized properties.
The Right Person For This Project
Brook is the right person for the project because:
• He has seventeen years working in various capacities related to housing, giving him the ability to analyze housing problems from a variety of perspectives
• He spent six years as a community organizer working on tenant’s rights and affordable housing issues
• During the past two years he has been building relationships with community based organizations in DC who will be important project partners