Grace builds the capacity of tenant associations in Project-based Section 8 properties to increase tenants’ knowledge of their rights, responsibilities, and options for preserving their homes and improving their communities. Grace works in tandem with community organizers and HOME Line Minnesota to preserve affordable housing in the state.
It is estimated that over the next five years 650,000 units covered by project based section 8 contracts will expire. The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project aims to give residents the tools to save their homes.
Grace is the right person for this project because of her belief in the necessity of security in housing and her introduction to housing issues at the University of Minnesota’s Housing Clinic. In clinic, Grace represented low income clients seeking expungements and repairs making her acutely aware of the importance of safe and affordable housing and leading her to VISTA.
During Grace’s Fellowship, Grace:
- Preserve more section 8 contracts in my community
- Work with residents to enforce their rights
- Teach fellow Minnesotans about the importance of preserving these subsidized housing programs in Minnesota and throughout the country
Christopher helped clients with landlord issues and Section 8 housing. The project assisted residents in maintaining safe and affordable housing and ensures they are treated fairly.