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Molly Gordon

  • Hosted by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
  • Sponsored by Faber Daeufer & Itrato
  • Service location New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Law school University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Issue area Consumer Rights, Economic Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Molly (she/her/hers) will increase housing stability for low-income renters of Southeast Louisiana by targeting rent debt, a significant barrier to obtaining safe housing.

The pandemic caused millions of tenants to fall behind on rent through no fault of their own. Following the expiration of eviction protections, many tenants are now faced with wage and bank account garnishments, diminished credit ratings, and losing access to safe and stable housing. The situation is particularly acute in Southeast Louisiana, where Hurricane Ida badly damaged an already insufficient supply of affordable housing.

Fellowship Plans

Molly will represent tenants who have been sued for alleged rent debt or have had debt referred to collection agencies. She plans to bring claims under federal consumer protection statutes against landlords and debt buyers engaging in abusive practices. Molly will also help renters understand their rights to dispute inaccurate credit reporting and supplement tenancy applications under a new Louisiana state law (HB 374). Finally, she will work in a coalition with housing advocacy groups for state and local policy solutions to the rent debt crisis in Louisiana.

Protecting tenants is essential to a just and equitable recovery from the pandemic. We must ensure that the most vulnerable tenants before the pandemic do not experience the most severe consequences in the years to come.

Molly Gordon /
2022 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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