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Sierra Campbell

  • Hosted by Children's Law Center
  • Sponsored by The Art Lerner Memorial Fellowship
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school Georgetown University Law Center
  • Issue area Housing- Advocacy and Policy
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Sierra’s project promotes healthy housing for DC families through direct legal services, systemic, data-driven advocacy, and local policy change that ensures quality, long-lasting repairs of poor housing conditions.

Poor housing conditions like mold, pests, inadequate heating and cooling, and lead exposure can have lasting harms on children’s health. Nevertheless, landlords in rapidly developing areas of DC have allowed homes to fall into disrepair and have increasingly used poor housing conditions to drive tenants out of the homes and increase their profits. Low income and Black tenants in DC bear the brunt of these health harms and displacement. By addressing poor housing conditions in rapidly developing areas of DC, this project will address the negative health impacts disproportionately falling on Black families and mitigate the push-out of long-time DC residents from their homes.

Fellowship Plans

Through Children’s Law Center’s Healthy Together medical-legal partnership, Sierra will provide direct legal services for families facing health problems due to poor housing conditions. To ensure a wide-reaching impact, Sierra’s project will also adopt systemic approaches to promote healthy housing by advancing systemic advocacy including healthy housing mapping, remediation projects, and impact litigation support in collaboration with clients, medical partners, and community organizations. Sierra will also engage in legislative advocacy focused on improving enforcement of the DC housing code and ensuring the housing code holds landlords accountable for quality, long-lasting repairs.

As a first-generation college graduate from a low-income background, I’m honored to help make the legal system work for families with low incomes.

Sierra Campbell /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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