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  • Organization

  • Please list the organization’s legal name that should be used for the subaward. If the organization’s legal name is different from what is listed in the SAM registration and/or DUNS registration, please provide a brief explanation in the Applicant Information Form’s additional information section.
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    Please refer to the main RFP webpage to download the required application materials to submit here. When uploading a document file, applicants should use descriptive file names (e.g., “Program Narrative_Organization Name” or “Program Narrative_Organization Name”) for all files. 50 MB upload maximum
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Interested applicants are requested to submit a non-binding Notice of Intent to Apply by September 6, 2021. This notice should include the proposed number of Fellows and geographic service areas. Such notices will assist Equal Justice Works in ensuring timely and thorough review of all applications. The submission of this Notice is encouraged but not required.

  • Application

Disasters devastate lower-income communities, creating new poverty and further entrenching inequality. In the wake of any disaster, families often need the assistance of a lawyer to overcome barriers to recovery.

The Disaster Resilience Program mobilizes Fellows and law students to provide free civil legal aid in disaster prone areas to ensure vital legal services are accessible, comprehensive, and responsive to the unique needs of individuals, families, and communities so lives can be stabilized and communities rebuilt to be more resilient.

Fellows and law students are hosted at legal services organizations, where they engage in outreach and education, help provide direct legal services to disaster survivors, and foster important relationships within the community.

In addition to the training and mentorship Fellows receive from their host organization, the Disaster Resilience Program provides a range of trainings and technical assistance throughout the Fellowship term. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship
  • Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training (attended by all Equal Justice Works Fellows)
  • Annual Disaster Law Training
  • Final Learning Event
  • Potential for emergency travel to assist other legal aid organizations in the immediate aftermath of a disaster
  • Equal Justice Works in-house disaster legal expert to provide and connect Fellows to specialized trainings, resources, and national partners related to disaster legal assistance

Host Organizations must provide legal supervision, a workspace, materials needed to work, and funding for fringe benefits, including health insurance, FICA, Worker’s Compensation (if applicable), and any other benefits available to full-time staff members.

The Host Organization selection process for the Disaster Resilience Program has concluded and application to the program is currently closed. Please contact [email protected] for questions.

The Disaster Resilience Program is currently funded by the Bigglesworth Family Foundation, California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the California Wildfires RecoveryW.K. Kellogg Foundation, and individual contributions. 

PROGRAM HOST ORGANIZATIONS

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Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program

West Tennessee Legal Services

TENNESSEE / Jackson

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA)

KENTUCKY / Bowling Green

Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Disability Rights California

CALIFORNIA / Sacramento

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

LOUISIANA / New Orleans, Baton Rouge

Programs
  • Disaster Resilience Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

The crisis of elder abuse in our country is acute and threatens a growing population. Older adults are especially susceptible to victimization because of social isolation and dependency on others, compounded by factors including poverty, mental and physical health challenges, and limited transportation. More than 10 percent of older adults, or approximately five million people in the United States, are victims of caregiver neglect, financial fraud and exploitation, and/or psychological, physical, and sexual abuse every year.

The Elder Justice Program is a two-year Fellowship program that mobilizes 22 lawyers across the country to address the gap in civil legal services for victims of elder abuse and exploitation. Fellows provide direct legal services, outreach, and education; they work with victims of elder abuse to enforce their rights and address wide-ranging civil legal issues, such as financial exploitation, housing, protection orders, guardianship, and public benefits. Recognizing the particular challenge to accessing legal services by older adults in rural communities, the majority of our host organizations and Fellows serve rural communities.

The host organization selection for the Elder Justice Program for the Fellowship beginning July 2020 has ended. Please contact [email protected] for questions.

The Elder Justice Program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Award Number 2019-V3-GX-K033. The federal funding is supplemented by funds from private donors.

Elder Justice Program Host Organizations

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Prairie State Legal Services

ILLINOIS / Rockford
ILLINOIS / Bloomington
ILLINOIS / Galesburg

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Elder Justice Program

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

INDIANA / Indianapolis

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.

NEW YORK / Geneva, Jamestown, Bath, Rochester

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps
  • New York State Family Security Project
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps

Montana Legal Services Association

MONTANA / Billings, Helena, Missoula

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Elder Justice Program
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Elder Justice Program

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

MARYLAND / Baltimore

Programs
  • Elder Justice Program

Low-income immigrants across the U.S. face challenges to accessing legal services, including language barriers, lack of right to counsel, and a shortage of lawyers who understand how to navigate the ever-changing maze of immigration laws. Without access to a qualified lawyer, immigrants are often forced to seek the help of predatory immigration service providers, or represent themselves in court.

The Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC) supports 20 dedicated law students who want to expand legal services and resources for low-income immigrants in need of assistance. Student Fellows spend eight-to-ten weeks hosted at legal services organizations developing valuable skills and gaining hands-on experience by:

  • providing direct legal services such as client and witness interviews, legal research, and writing
  • engaging in community outreach and education
  • building capacity at their host organization through resource development and training sessions

The Immigration Summer Legal Corps is not accepting host site proposals for the summer of 2021.

For more information, please contact Brooke Meckler at [email protected].

Host Organizations

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Mississippi Center for Justice

MISSISSIPPI / Jackson, Biloxi, Indianola

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps

Public Law Center

CALIFORNIA / Santa Ana

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.

TEXAS / Austin, Mercedes, Corpus Christi, Houston, Dilley

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps
  • Rural Summer Legal Corps
Programs
  • Immigration Summer Legal Corps

Rural communities in the U.S. and its territories face a shortage of talented lawyers, with a large population of the country being forced to travel hundreds of miles to find legal assistance. Participate in Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC) and help address the access-to justice-crisis for people living in rural areas.

Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to support 35 dedicated law students who want to serve rural communities, as part of the Rural Summer Legal Corps. Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks at LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations developing valuable skills and gaining hands-on experience by:

  • providing direct legal services such as client and witness interviews, legal research, and writing
  • engaging in community outreach and education including fact sheet distribution, strategic partnership development, and presentations
  • building capacity at their host organization through resource development and training sessions

Student Fellows tackle a number of results-driven community projects including responding to disaster-related legal issues; addressing affordable housing and evictions; and providing legal aid to victims of domestic violence.

Our partner, Legal Services Corporation, coordinates the host site selection process for RSLC, and only LSC-funded organizations are eligible to apply. Applications to host Student Fellows are not currently being accepted. You can find a list of organizations hosting Student Fellows below.

Program Host Organizations

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Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA)

KENTUCKY / Bowling Green

West Tennessee Legal Services

TENNESSEE / Jackson

New Mexico Legal Aid

NEW MEXICO / Selected Pueblos

Lone Star Legal Aid

TEXAS / Houston

Montana Legal Services Association

MONTANA / Billings, Helena, Missoula

Evictions have a disproportionate effect on communities of color, women, and children. Without access to safe and stable housing, individuals and families can face a variety of negative outcomes, including economic hardships and health problems.

The Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program mobilizes cohorts of lawyers and community organizers Fellows to serve low-income individuals who are currently or at risk of experiencing housing instability and involuntary displacement, particularly due to eviction. Current target areas for the Housing Justice Program are Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia. 

Participating organizations host lawyers and community organizers serving in two-year fellowships to be part of a coordinated initiative to address the justice gap in target areas. To meet the needs of low-income individuals and families facing evictions and/or other manifestations of housing instability, Housing Justice Fellows, who may be lawyers or community organizers, work together to: 

  • Provide legal advice, referrals, and full representation for tenants in eviction proceedings; 
  • Engage in outreach and education activities; 
  • Collaborate with community partners to address systematic barriers that contribute to housing instability. 

Fellows will also have opportunities to learn from successful collaborative legal models in other states that are working to provide counsel for individuals facing eviction and reducing systemic barriers. 

The Housing Justice Program is made possible thanks to the support of The JPB Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Housing Justice Program Host Organizations

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Maryland Legal Aid

MARYLAND / Baltimore
MARYLAND / Towson
MARYLAND / Landover

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program
Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Housing Justice Program

Virginia Poverty Law Center

VIRGINIA / Richmond

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

CASA, inc.

MARYLAND / Silver Spring

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

Charleston Legal Access

SOUTH CAROLINA / North Charleston

Programs
  • Housing Justice Program

SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

SOUTH CAROLINA / Columbia

Programs
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Housing Justice Program

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps VISTA programs mobilize Fellows and Community Advocates/Organizers for a one-year term to help preserve affordable housing and bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

Equal Justice Works sponsors two AmeriCorps VISTA programs:

  • VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) focuses on preserving, maintaining, and improving Project-Based Section 8 housing across the country.
  • VISTA Tenant Engagement and Community Economic Development Project (TECDev) aims to address the needs of tenants who live in Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Component I properties. Fellows and Community Advocates help tenants advocate on issues related to housing, education, employment, crime prevention, public health, youth development, and other areas.

AmeriCorps VISTA programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Applications for AmeriCorps VISTA are no longer being accepted. You can find a list of organizations currently hosting VISTA Fellows and Community Advocates/Organizers below.

Contact Kristen Uhler-McKeown at [email protected] to learn more.

Meet Our Fellows

Read about the Fellows and Community Advocates/Organizers who are serving in our VISTA programs to preserve affordable housing.

Host Organizations

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Tenants Union of Washington State

WASHINGTON / Seattle

Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

NEW YORK / New York

Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Disaster Resilience Program

Chicago Housing Initiative

ILLINOIS / Chicago

Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

PENNSYLVANIA / Pittsburgh

Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
Programs
  • AmeriCorps VISTA

Meet Our Fellows

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Anne Boyle

Host: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Sponsor: Housing Justice Program

Current Fellow

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Warren Buff

Host: Community Legal Services of Prince Georges County, Inc.

Sponsor: Housing Justice Program

Current Fellow

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Emily Blackshire

Host: South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Sponsor: Housing Justice Program

Current Fellow

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Taylor Rumble

Host: Charleston Legal Access

Sponsor: Housing Justice Program

Current Fellow

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The New York State Family Security Project (NYSFSP) places 13 Fellows and 106 law students across the state of New York to stabilize and protect low-income immigrant families facing legal challenges that stem from potential detention or deportation.

NYSFSP Fellows serve a one-year term, while law students serve for a period of eight to ten weeks, assisting with:

  • Conduct outreach and education activities in immigrant communities
  • Screen community members to assess legal needs
  • Provide direct representation and/or brief services to immigrant families in need of legal assistance
  • Engage pro bono attorneys to represent immigrants and their family members

Equal Justice Works will also provide immigration law training to Fellows and law students to support implementation and delivery of the NYSFSP program.

NYSFSP is part of a broader state initiative known as the Liberty Defense Project, which was created by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in March 2017. The program is supported by the New York State Commission on National and Community Service, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Applications for NYSFSP are no longer being accepted. You can find a list of organizations currently hosting NYSFSP Fellows and law students below.

Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Meet Our Fellows

Read about the NYSFSP Fellows who are working to increase immigrant family security and stability.

Program Host Organizations

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Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo

NEW YORK / Buffalo

Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

NEW YORK / Buffalo
NEW YORK / Niagara Falls
NEW YORK / Batavia

Programs
  • Crime Victims Justice Corps
  • New York State Family Security Project
Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project
  • Design Your Own Fellowship
Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project
Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester

NEW YORK / Rochester

Programs
  • New York State Family Security Project

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