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Cynthia Laurent

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Cynthia Laurent

Cynthia Laurent

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

The Project

Meet with community members who face the risk of losing their affordable housing, connect them with necessary resources, educate them on their housing rights, and represent them in legal proceedings.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The top four needs addressed by this project are; Access to resources, economic empowerment, tenant education, and the preservation of affordable housing.
The Right Person For This Project
Cynthia is the right person for the project because:
• Her work experience and background make her a great fit for this fellowship
• She previously worked in sales, which equipped her with the tenacity and conversational skills necessary for relationship building
• She clerked as a housing Fellow in Washington DC while in law school which provided her with an informal blueprint for this project