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Denise Thomas - Brown

Denise Thomas-Brown

  • Hosted by Virginia Poverty Law Center
  • Sponsored by Housing Justice Program
  • Service location Virginia
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance, Housing/Eviction, Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Housing Justice Program

The Project

Denise (she/her) will coordinate education and advocacy efforts of tenant groups throughout the state, especially in policy advocacy.

There are pockets of tenant groups throughout the state using various materials for education and advocacy.  These groups are doing policy advocacy, but not necessarily collectively, which minimizes their impact.

The inspiration for doing this work arises out of the Denise’s desire to be a part of systemic change and not short-term solutions.

Fellowship Plans

Denise will identify and support grass roots tenant organizations and groups throughout the state to help coordinate and guide them on policy advocacy. She will accomplish this by providing education and training both in person and virtually.

She will provide pathways for tenants to lead policy initiatives and determine priorities through advocacy training and meetings in conjunction with tenant organizations.

Through education and training, she will empower public housing residents to support their inclusion in decision making processes.


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