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Shaunita Hampton

  • Hosted by Legal Aid of San Mateo County
  • Sponsored by Fenwick & West LLP
  • Service location Redwood, California
  • Law school University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance, Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Shaunita (she/her/hers) will provide direct legal services, advocacy, and outreach to Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) tenants in San Mateo County to ensure access to affordable and fair housing.

Section 8 tenants in San Mateo County are at serious risk of displacement and homelessness if they lose their housing subsidies. These tenants, who are predominately Black and Latinx, face a number of systemic barriers including arbitrary local housing authority policies, rising rents, and unlawful evictions that make it difficult for them to maintain their subsidies. Unfortunately, due to the rising cost of rent, many low-income residents can only afford to live in the county with the assistance of a housing subsidy. Section 8 tenants who lose their vouchers through evictions or termination in San Mateo are also barred from receiving assistance in other counties.

Shaunita’s experiences as a black woman from a low-income community motivate her commitment to providing holistic, specialized legal advocacy to extremely low-income households of color.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Shaunita will represent Section 8 tenants in eviction proceedings and administrative hearings related to voucher termination and changes to subsidy amounts. She will also engage with residents of subsidized housing to facilitate public comment and participation in San Mateo County’s next Assessment of Fair Housing. Additionally, she will challenge aspects of San Mateo County’s Moving to Work program that contribute to segregation of Housing Choice Vouchers in low-opportunity areas through impact litigation.

Media

Fabulous Fellows: Students Earn Premier Honors in Public Interest Practice

Growing up in subsidized housing, I understand that access to quality, affordable housing is a racial and economic justice issue.

Shaunita Hampton /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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