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Rebecca Leussing

  • Hosted by Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Housing Justice Program
  • Service location Fairfax, Virginia
  • Law school George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Issue area Housing/Eviction
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Housing Justice Program

The Project

Rebecca’s project will focus on increasing access to housing justice in Northern Virginia.

In 2022, many of the laws and resources in Virginia that were aimed at preventing eviction during the COVID-19 pandemic have been repealed even though hardships caused by the pandemic persist. As a result, there is now a wave of mass-eviction and a crisis in housing insecurity. Low-income people are the most likely to be affected by the mass eviction and least capable of securing legal representation.

Fellowship Plans

As an Equal Justice Fellow, Rebecca will provide low-income clients facing eviction and exploitation by their landlords with legal representation. She will work to build out the network of organizations and community leaders who serve low-income individuals facing housing instability. She will create accessible legal materials to arm people with knowledge of their rights and resources.

Media

Meet the Fellows in Our 2022 Housing Justice Program

My Equal Justice Fellowship has provided me the opportunity to focus my work exclusively on housing justice for the people who need it most here in Fairfax, Virginia. I have lived in Northern Virginia my entire life, and I take great pride in working to make it a safe and prosperous home for all. I believe that housing is a fundamental right and working to preserve this right is incredibly fulfilling.

Rebecca Leussing /
2022 Housing Justice Program Fellow

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