Sczerina Perot

  • Hosted by The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • Sponsored by Crowell & Moring Foundation
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Georgetown University Law Center
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 1996

The Project

Using litigation, advocacy, and coalition building to change systems that trap families in homelessness and poverty.

Needs Addressed by the Project

Sczerina created systems for parents who were at risk of becoming homeless or had become homeless to connect to a free legal advice and representation at the main DC intake center for homeless families. By being present at the moment of housing crisis, Sczerina could help parents fight evictions or illegal lock-outs, improve housing conditions, stop the condemnation of housing, connect parents to additional income sources, assert the rights of victims of domestic violence, stop wrongful terminations from housing programs or appeal illegal denials of shelter.

Fellowship Highlights

The project was vital in the relocation of families out of illegally operating communal shelters into apartment style units. Sczerina helped to restore millions of dollars to DC in the form of federal McKinney Vento funding. Sczerina was also vital in the creation of hundreds of local Section 8 vouchers for families, especially for children in the foster care system seeking to be reunited with their families. The project work continues today as an integral part of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless legal services. Families that are homeless have access to representation, resources, and the supports that they need to be safe, remain strong and ultimately move their and their children’s lives to a better place.

Next Steps

Sczerina was an adjunct Professor and a Clinical Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Today she counsels seniors about their legal rights at the Legal Counsel for the Elderly Hotline.

Media

Housing is a human right: Sczerina Perot at TEDxASL

John Hopkins Approaches for Community and Political Organizing

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