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.