Provide legal advocacy in low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by predatory home purchase scams to prevent abusive practices and build wealth.
Darrius is the right person for the project because:
• He has a personal connection to predatory home purchase scams through his family’s own struggles with housing instability.
• He went to law school with a plan to fight for housing rights and against the financial mechanisms that work to destabilize low-income communities of color.
• He has laid the groundwork through his work in developing a community legal education program in Nashville, primarily focused on housing rights.
In the first six months, Darrius will:
• Begin to establish connections with local community groups.
• Gather data on the use of land contracts.
• Research legal defenses to eviction and forfeiture.
• Discuss strategy for pro bono collaboration with sponsors.
• Advise 60 clients about purchase scams and represent 10 clients.