Sylvia Davenport

  • Hosted by Maryland Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps VISTA, HUD
  • Service location Baltimore, Maryland
  • Law school Appalachian School of Law
  • Issue area Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program AmeriCorps VISTA

The Project

Sylvia has a passion for advocating for those who have been unfairly treated, and whose needs and concerns have been often forgotten, or not addressed at all. Drawing upon her experience working in Real Property Law—specifically in Housing Authority Issues, Landlord/Tenant Cases, Fair Housing Discrimination, and Estates—Sylvia built the capacity of tenants in eligible HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Properties, allowing them to engage with management and community organizations regarding their rights, responsibilities, and options for improving their homes and communities.

Fellowship Highlights

Throughout her Fellowship, Sylvia built the capacity of Tenants and Tenant organizations, strengthening knowledge of their rights in regards to being a tenant and/or part of a tenant organization in a RAD property, and as a result, developing their understanding of how to address their needs and concerns to HUD and/or Owners/Management. Sylvia also strengthened Tenant organizations through leadership development, provision of resources, and legal aid; assisted Tenant and Tenant organizations during/after the RAD conversion process, allowing them to address their concerns to HUD and/or Owners/Management; and improved the relationship between Tenants/Tenant organizations and HUD and/or Owners/Management.


Sylvia Davenport has joined the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland as a staff attorney

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