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Kendall Lewellen

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Kendall Lewellen

Kendall Lewellen

Name of Host Organization: Center for Arkansas Legal Services
City, State: Little Rock, Arkansas
Issue area: Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
Sponsors: AmeriCorps VISTA, Center for Arkansas Legal Services

The Project

Work with community organizers to form and support strong tenant associations that will effectively advocate for their own safe, healthy, and affordable housing.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
More than 1.7 million low-income families across the country could lose their homes over the next five years because of expiring HUD mortgages and Section 8 contracts. Many of these are Arkansas families.
The Right Person For This Project

Kendall is the right person for the project because:
• As a tenant and lifelong Arkansan,she has a stake in efforts to enforce and expand the rights of Arkansas tenants
• She believes that if you want to use the law as a tool to fight poverty, then lawyers need to learn how to collaborate with organizers and low-income communities so that their work improves the lives of the most people possible.