Palmer Heenan

  • Hosted by Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
  • Sponsored by Housing Justice Program
  • Service location Richmond, Virginia
  • Law school Georgetown University Law Center
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Housing Justice Program

The Project

There is a serious lack of appropriate, safe, affordable housing across the nation and there are few places other than Richmond where that’s felt more keenly. With an eviction rate among the highest in the country, there’s a desperate need for systemic advocacy and community outreach to help stymie the flood of evictions along with the profound direct and collateral consequence they bring. Even more problematically, there is an imbalance in access to the courts: the vast majority of tenants are unrepresented while the majority of landlords have lawyers.

Palmer will provide legal advice directly to low-income tenants facing eviction or other adverse housing actions. He will work to educate and reach out to residents in the Richmond area to help ensure they know their rights, and will identify at least one systemic housing issue that is of concern to tenants in the Richmond area that could be addressed through impact litigation and/or an advocacy campaign. Palmer will collaborate with the other local organizations to address systemic housing issues.

Media

Tenants, attorneys take issue with housing program run by Richmond nonprofit

Richmond Judge Dismisses 31 RRHA Eviction Cases

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