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Kateland Woodcock

  • Hosted by Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Housing Justice Program
  • Service location Petersburg, Virginia
  • Law school University of Richmond School of Law
  • Issue area Housing/Eviction
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Housing Justice Program

The Project

Kateland’s Fellowship seeks to address the eviction crisis in Virginia, which has several localities that are top ten evictors across the county for large cities and mid-size cities. Tenants faced with eviction are often not present in court or do not have a lawyer with them. Additionally, tenants frequently do not know their rights or what resources are available to help them navigate housing issues. Anyone who rents a place to live can be affected by housing issues, but they disproportionately affect indigent persons and people of color.

Kateland’s interest in housing began in her childhood, when she saw a mother and multiple children crammed into a small place because anything larger was outside the mother’s income, and the mother lacked resources to help. As an adult, Kateland learned about how housing instability can affect someone’s health and income, among other things, which inspired her to be part of the 2019 Housing Justice Program cohort. She is excited to continue her work in housing, and help this new cohort of the program with its expanded goals.

Fellowship Plans

Kateland plans to tackle the eviction crisis in a multifaceted way. She will focus on the direct representation of clients with housing law issues in court. Another facet of her project will include working with community organizers to help educate the public, with a specific eye towards those more often affected by the crisis. Kateland will collaborate with all involved parties in the project to inform them of areas where the current law fails to protect tenants. She will work with other Fellows, stakeholders, and the surrounding community to achieve housing justice.


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