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Making Good on the Promise of Fair, Safe, and Affordable Housing

Housing plays a fundamental role in the well-being of children, families, and communities. Our Georgia Housing Corps (GHC) Fellows and Community Advocates work at legal services organizations throughout the state of Georgia to help deliver holistic legal aid to residents affected by the foreclosure crisis.

In the second half of the program’s first year*, GHC Fellows and Community Advocates made remarkable progress in implementing groundbreaking legal housing assistance throughout the state of Georgia. Collectively, GHC Fellows and Community Advocates took 762 legal cases or matters and provided advice and brief service to 529 individuals.

Working together, Fellow Erik Provitt and Community Advocate Shameka Dixon, at Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), helped a client living in income-based housing to dismiss several evictions filed against her, and establish a rental payment plan with housing management.

Crystal Redd, another Fellow at AVLF, represented a tenant who was accused of lease violations and combative interactions with housing management, but lacked the resources to move or locate other housing. Through intense negotiations, Crystal was able to keep the tenant in her home, and both parties were able to establish a professional relationship based on mutual respect. Crystal’s client credits this accomplishment to having a trusted advocate speak to management on her behalf.

At Atlanta Legal Aid, Fellow Farley Ezekiel represented several clients whose landlords were pursuing writs of possession against them. In one case, Farley was able to file an emergency motion to stay the writ, allowing her client to go to a job interview the same day as the originally scheduled eviction, confident that the sheriff would not dump her belongings on the street. Following the filing, the client was able to secure the job, and Farley managed to get the writ of possession permanently quashed.

Without access to legal assistance, many individuals are often unaware of their rights and protections under the law. GHC Fellows and Community Advocates are bringing high-quality legal services to those in need, and their stories illustrate the lasting impact of the program on individuals and communities throughout Georgia.

The Georgia Housing Corps is supported by the Georgia Bar Foundation. Learn more about the GHC Fellows who are working to improve housing outcomes for residents in Georgia.

* April 1 to September 30, 2018 reporting period

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