Maria Palomares

  • Hosted by Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
  • Sponsored by Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
  • Service location Glendale
  • Law school Southwestern Law School
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2009
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program, Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

The “One Strike” policy, as currently implemented by HACOLA, allows voucher termination if a family member is involved in a single incident of drug related or criminal activity. The purpose of my project named “One Family” is to protect low-income families in the Antelope Valley area of Los Angeles County from losing their Section 8 housing due to their children’s involvement in school disciplinary and/or criminal proceedings through direct services, community education, policy advocacy and litigation.

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