Oshuteiya Campbell

  • Hosted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Service location Miami, Florida
  • Law school University of Miami School of Law
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Oshuteiya (Teiya) represented tenants in Liberty City, a historically black neighborhood in the City of Miami with significant poverty, by preventing evictions and enforcing their right to safe and habitable housing as the community copes with redevelopment.

Liberty City is a historically black neighborhood in Miami. Forty-seven percent of residents live below the poverty line, many in horrible conditions. Liberty Square, one of the oldest public housing developments in America, is undergoing redevelopment. This place-based project has served residents in Liberty City by obtaining valuable protections for residents at risk of displacement, holding weekly community outreach meetings and establishing a Legal Services intake site in Liberty City. 

Fellowship Highlights

During the two-year Fellowship period, Teiya:

  • Established a satellite intake office in Liberty City in partnership with the Liberty City Revitalization Trust to increase residents’ access to free legal services
  • Helped secure unprecedented protections for Liberty City residents facing displacement in an agreement that can be used as a model for communities nationwide facing closures of public housing
  • Provided advice and brief services to over 250 individuals on landlord-tenant issues
  • Conducted 35 Know Your Rights trainings and other workshops, pivoting to virtual trainings when it was not possible to gather in person 
  • Oversaw the establishment of the Northpark at Scott Carver Resident Council, whose board is made up entirely of African-American women
  • Helped secure funding and office space for the Annie Coleman 14 Resident Council in Liberty City, another large public housing development facing demolition and redevelopment

Next Steps

Teiya remains committed to community-centered work that positively impacts the Black community.

Media

Miami-Dade NAACP and Legal Services of Miami-Dade County to discuss renting in the era of COVID-19

My Equal Justice Works Fellowship has afforded me the opportunity to serve Liberty City, a low-income community of color in Miami, Florida. As a woman of color from a low-income background, I'm honored and very proud that my work impacts those with whom I identify.

Oshuteiya Campbell /
Equal Justice Works

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