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PRESS EVENT: A Public-Private Partnership to Combat Housing Injustice in Virginia

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Join representatives from Equal Justice Works, The JPB Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase to learn more about the newest iteration of the Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program.

Virginia is home to five of the top ten evicting large cities in the United States—a housing crisis affecting thousands of tenants across the state who need legal representation. Yet for too many, our justice system is inaccessible.

Since 1993, Equal Justice Works has mobilized more than 250 lawyers and community organizers to combat housing instability. Since the Housing Justice Program was established in 2019, Fellows have provided legal services to individuals and families, advocated for their rights and engaged with community partners to address the systemic barriers contributing to housing instability in Virginia. In 2021, JPMorgan Chase and The JPB Foundation invested a total of $3.75 million to provide Equal Justice Works with the resources to expand the Housing Justice Program from Richmond, VA, to other communities with high eviction rates, such as Hampton Roads. The grants are a part of JPMorgan Chase’s announcement to award $8.6 million to six organizations to help improve household stability.

On Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 10:30–11:30 a.m. ET, join representatives from Equal Justice Works, The JPB Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase to learn more about the newest iteration of the Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program at this press event

This virtual event will focus on how public-private partnerships help increase capacity of the legal aid community in Virginia, provide legal assistance to low-income families facing eviction, and advocate for policies and practices that protect the rights of tenants. Partnerships between Equal Justice Works and Virginia Poverty Law Center, as well as between Equal Justice Works and program funders The JPB Foundation and JPMorgan Chase will be highlighted as experts discuss short- and long-term solutions to advance equal justice for all.

Speakers include:

  • Hana Hausnerova, Director of Public Programs, Equal Justice Works (Moderator)

  • Annie Greengard, Senior Program Officer, The JPB Foundation

  • Abigail Suarez, Program Officer, Community Development, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase

  • Laura Dobbs, Staff Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center; 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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