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Sylvia Davenport

2017, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Sylvia Davenport

Sylvia Davenport

Name of Host Organization: Maryland Legal Aid
City, State: Baltimore, Maryland
Issue area: Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
Sponsors: AmeriCorps VISTA, HUD

The Project

This project  will build the capacity of tenants -in eligible HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration  (RAD) Properties - in order for them to engage with management and community organizations regarding their rights, responsibilities, and options for improving their homes and communities.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
This project aims to work specifically with Tenants and Tenant organizations of eligible HUD Maryland RAD properties.

Additionally, this project aims to: 1) Build capacity of Tenants and Tenant organizations by: Developing and strengthening their knowledge of their rights in regards to being a tenant , and/or part of a tenant organization in a RAD property; Developing their understanding of how to address their needs and concerns to HUD and/or Owners/Management; Strengthening Tenant organizations through leadership development, and providing resources; and Providing Legal Aid. 2) Assist the Tenant and Tenant organizations during/after the RAD conversion process, in addressing their concerns to HUD and/or Owners/Management. 3) Improve the relationship between: Tenants/Tenant organizations and HUD and/or Owners/Management.
The Right Person For This Project

Sylvia has a passion for advocating for those who have been unfairly treated, and whose needs and concerns have been often forgotten, or not addressed at all. She has experience with working in Real Property Law, specifically Housing Authority Issues, Landlord/Tenant Cases, Fair Housing Discrimination, and Estates. Sylvia is determined to make a difference.