Bethany Li

The Project

The purpose of Bethany’s project is to keep New York livable for current and future low-income immigrants by building multiracial alliances to push the federal, state and local governments on affordable housing issues. Bethany addressed the housing needs of low-income Asian immigrants through multiracial coalition building and organizing, direct services and policy work. The project aims to empower Asian immigrants to form coalitions across racial lines to advocate for equitable development that makes affordable housing a priority.

The Project

Low-income Americans – including black and Hispanic Americans – are at the highest risk of facing predatory lending practices and foreclosure. To address these issues and reach those at risk in Detroit, the project will utilize a 5-part plan: Education/outreach/advocacy; negotiation/counseling; direct representation; networking/resource-building; and long-term monitoring. The goal is prevention, but we will also provide long-term, comprehensive assistance to those already entangled in predatory lending and foreclosure proceedings.

The Inspiration

The Project

I am working to enforce the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in the housing sector in the New Orleans redevelopment landscape. In addition to assisting with the enforcement and litigation work of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, my project is designed to target redevelopment in the region to ensure that accessible and affordable housing is created for people with disabilities.

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The Project

My project provides legal representation to individuals and groups seeking to preserve their housing in Hancock County, Mississippi, a more rural area of the Gulf Coast that has been relatively under-served since Hurricane Katrina struck. With subsequent damage in Hurricane Gustav in fall 2008, the need for safe and affordable housing in this area is even more significant.

The Inspiration