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Omari Al-Qadaffi

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Sponsored by Housing Justice Program
  • Service location Richmond, Virginia
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Housing Justice Program

The Project

Omari will serve low-income individuals residing in the Greater Richmond Region of Virginia who are currently, or at risk of, experiencing housing instability and involuntary displacement, particularly due to eviction.

Housing stability is an endemic issue across Virginia and particularly in Richmond. Richmond has the second highest eviction rate in the country, which is attributable to landlord-tenant laws that provide tenants with relatively few rights when facing eviction, the lack of knowledge by tenants of those few rights, and a lack of access to legal resources to fight evictions. The existing stock of affordable housing in the greater Richmond area is crumbling and/or expiring, and affordable housing tenants are routinely discriminated against on the basis of race, income, immigration status, and criminal records.

Fellowship Highlights 

As a Community Organizer in the Housing Justice Program, Omari helps to address the complex underlying problems of the eviction crisis in Richmond. At his host organization, the Legal Aid Justice Center, he helps to bridge the service gap between Housing Justice Program Fellows and tenants, particularly those unfamiliar with accessing legal services. Omari identifies and engages with tenants facing eviction, organizes community events, and builds capacity of tenants and residents to organize and advocate for themselves. Additionally, Omari contributes to policy change at the local and state level. His community work facilitates opportunities for tenants’ voices and experiences to be heard.

Media

Pandemic Lawyering: A Year in Review

Virginia Senate Passes Bill To Ensure Public Housing Residents Are Given Timely Notice Of Demolition, Redevelopment Plans

'We're technically homeless': the eviction epidemic plaguing the US

Standing Up for Tenants, Close to Home

How Richmond’s mayoral candidates are addressing the future of public housing.

Richmond Housing Authority’s Practices Under Scrutiny, ‘That Is Not Transparency’

Eviction attempt highlights disconnect between RRHA and residents

RHA puts hold on all public housing evictions through December

In 5 weeks, RRHA doubles number of eviction lawsuits sent to tenants

The (Il)legality of Richmond's Housing Crisis

RRHA Must Resubmit Agency Plans To Federal Government, Following Rejection

Eviction City

Through my work, I’ve learned that a large number of my community members did not know their rights and did not have access to legal representation. Many outside attorneys struggle to access the community, and I knew I could help.

Omari Al-Qadaffi /
2019 Equal Justice Works Community Organizer

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