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 long-lasting and devastating economic hardships and health problems.
The Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program mobilizes a cohort of Fellows to serve low-income individuals residing in the Greater Richmond Region of Virginia who are currently, or at risk of, experiencing housing instability and involuntary displacement, particularly due to eviction.
Fellows are hosted at legal services organizations in the Greater Richmond Region where evictions and housing instability have reached epidemic proportions. During a two-year term, Fellows will provide legal advice, referrals, and full representation for tenants in eviction proceedings; engage in outreach and education activities; and collaborate with community partners to address systematic barriers that contribute to housing instability.
In addition to the training and mentorship that Fellows receive from their host organization, the Housing Justice Program provides a range of wraparound trainings and technical assistance throughout the Fellowship term. These include, but are not limited to:
- Kick-off training event
- Equal Justice Works annual Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C. (attended by all Equal Justice Works Fellows)
- Substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship
- Learning event at the conclusion of the program
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 funded by a private foundation and is currently open to licensed attorneys who have experience working with grassroots organizations and can demonstrate a commitment to the movement lawyering model. Legal services organizations that are currently recruiting for this program may require additional qualifications and/or experience.
Candidates must apply directly to the legal services organization of their choice. A list of legal services organizations that are currently recruiting will be available on the Equal Justice Works website within the next few weeks.
Applications for the Housing Justice Corps are open now!
Program Host Organizations
Please Note: Virginia Poverty Law Center, Legal Aid Justice Center, and Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS) are hiring collaboratively. All applications for these organizations will be accepted through the CVLAS website.