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Nkafu Fomenky

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Nkafu Fomenky

Nkafu Fomenky

Name of Host Organization: Michigan Legal Services
City, State: Detroit, Michigan
Issue area: Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
Sponsors: AmeriCorps VISTA, Michigan Legal Services

The Project

The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) project builds the capacity of tenant associations in eligible Project based Section 8 HUD-assisted properties to increase tenants knowledge of their rights, responsibilities and options for preserving and improving their homes and communities as affordable housing.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
There is a high need for preserving affordable housing within the City of Detroit as thousands of low income persons are experiencing evictions and homelessness. Outside of the VAHPP at UCHC and MLS, there are no other groups in Detroit assisting tenants with their organizing efforts. Some Landlords and managers in eligible Project Based Section 8 HUD assisted properties treat tenants, many of whom are seniors and disables, like children without providing them the basic respect they are due.
The Right Person For This Project
Nkafu is the right person for the project because:
• During law school he worked as an intern at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General were he conducted phone mediation to resolve consumer disputes
• He also served as an attorney at the University of Baltimore immigration rights Clinic were he represented clients in their asylum claims
• After graduating from law school, he worked as a community support worker in Washington, D.C.