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Natali Collazos

  • Hosted by Maryland Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by Housing Justice Program
  • Service location Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Law school American University Washington College of Law
  • Issue area Housing/Eviction
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Housing Justice Program

The Project:

Natali (she/her/hers) provides low-income tenants with a right to counsel and other legal services when they are facing eviction or living in unsafe and unsanitary housing conditions to ensure their rights to stable and secure housing.

This project seeks to address the lack of legal representation for low-income tenants facing housing related legal issues. Black and Latinx low-income communities disparately face housing insecurity. Being a first-generation Latina immigrant herself, whose parents struggled for a long time to find stability when they first arrived, this topic is a personal one for Natali. That is why she chose to work in this field of law. Natali will provide free and adequate legal counsel to low-income community members facing housing instability. She plans to accomplish this through her work on eviction defense, housing code violation cases, and community outreach to help communities know their rights regarding access to safe and secure housing. Everyone should have the right to properly be heard through the guidance of appropriate legal counsel to achieve fair and just outcomes. 

Fellowship Plans:

Natali will address this by focusing on the Access to Counsel in Eviction Program (ACE) at Maryland Legal Aid. In ACE, Natali will use her lawyering skills to help provide direct client services and conduct community outreach. She will work with her colleagues to address the systemic issues found in low-income tenant’s lack of access to counsel when facing housing insecurity and unsafe housing conditions to create a proactive approach instead of a reactive one. Since she is also fluent in Spanish, she will dedicate her efforts to help tenants who feel more comfortable speaking Spanish. 

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