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Carla J. Krystyniak

  • Hosted by Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Service location Houston, Texas
  • Law school Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Disaster Recovery Legal Corps

The Project

Carla Krystyniak is an Equal Justice Works Fellow serving in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC).

Hurricane Harvey caused billions of dollars of damage and directly impacted the lives of millions of Houston and Harris County residents. Low-income communities were the hardest hit. Their residents are in need of effective legal advice and representation across many areas of law, including government benefits, consumer, housing, employment, bankruptcy, and family law. Carla’s project serves Houston and Harris County, Texas by providing direct services to low-income populations affected by Hurricane Harvey. These services will ensure low-income survivors of Hurricane Harvey have access to a range of legal services needed to stabilize and rebuild their lives. Additionally, as the Lead Fellow, Carla coordinates the community of learning and helps build referral networks and processes among DRLC Fellows.

Prior to her Fellowship, Carla focused on community development and preservation working for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and international development while with the United Nations Foundation and U.S. Peace Corps. She worked most recently in environmental law for the City of Philadelphia and has a deep personal interest in promoting the sustainability of cities and communities. Carla holds a B.A. from George Washington University in international affairs and a J.D. from Villanova University.


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I am truly looking forward to being a part of Houston's recovery and to seeing the fruits of these efforts pay off in thoughtful and sustainable community growth into the future.

Carla J Krystyniak /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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