Damainique Bruce

  • Hosted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Service location Miami, Florida
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps VISTA

The Project

Through the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project Damainique provided both legal and community strengthening services to low-income individuals and families living in Project-based Section 8 HUD subsidized housing in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The project focused on the preservation of affordable housing by educating clients about their legal rights, the creation of tenant associations, and advocacy by the fellow in landlord/tenant disputes.

Project-based Section 8 is one of the last available affordable housing options for low-income households in the United States. When these contracts expire, the owners can opt out of renewing their contract which permits owners to increase their rent to full market-rate. Through the project, tenants are educated about the contract expiration process so that they can work with the owner, HUD, and Legal Services towards building preservation, and their options post contract expiration

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