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Housing Justice Program

Evictions have a disproportionate effect on communities of color, women, and children. Without access to safe and stable housing, individuals and families can face a variety of negative outcomes, including long-lasting and devastating economic hardships and health problems.

The Equal Justice Works Housing Justice Program is currently mobilizing a cohort of law students, lawyers, and community organizers, to serve low-income individuals residing in Virginia, South Carolina, and Maryland who are currently, or at risk of, experiencing housing instability and involuntary displacement, particularly due to eviction.

Program Overview & Benefits

  • Two-year Fellowship term
  • Salary and benefits, as determined by the Fellow's host organization
  • Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C.
  • Responsive training and technical assistance from local and national partners
  • Regular substantive and skills-based webinars, conferences, and networking opportunities throughout the Fellowship
  • Learning event at the conclusion of the program

HJP Cohort Impact 2022-2023

  • 3,344 households avoided evictions through direct legal services
  • 48 administrative and legislative policies to stabilize housing influenced
  • The wonderful thing about HJP is that it combines the traditional legal service model with community organizing, impact litigation, and policy. Laura Dobbs
    2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow
  • 6,403 community members trained about tenants’ rights

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1 Check to make sure you’re eligible

Qualifications are set by each host organization, but typically include:

  • Licensed to practice law, if applying for a legal Fellowship. Organizer Fellows are NOT required to be lawyers.-
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member -Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments

2 Meet the Housing Justice Program Fellows

During a two-year term, Fellows work collaboratively to provide legal advice, referrals, and full representation for tenants in eviction proceedings; engage in outreach and education activities; and work with community partners to address systematic barriers that contribute to housing instability. 

Meet Our Fellows

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Deborah A. Duggin
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Elder Abuse

Deborah A. Duggin

Hosted by
Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Sponsored by
Elder Justice Program

DiNesha Rucker
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DiNesha Rucker

Hosted by
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

Sponsored by
Housing Justice Program

Sloan Wilson
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Sloan Wilson

Hosted by
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center

Sponsored by
Housing Justice Program

3 See Our Fellows in Action

News from the Housing Justice Program

View press releases, blogs, and other news from the Elder Justice Program Fellows.

Fellows in Action

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News Spotlight

An Evaluation of the Housing Justice Program and Its Achievements

HJP began as a cohort of eight Fellows in Richmond, Virginia, in 2019 and has grown to offer 31 Fellowships for attorneys and community organizers across three states. The expansion of the Housing Justice Program is due to the tremendous achievements of the first cohort of Fellows, detailed here.

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The Housing Justice Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of The JPB Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Abell Foundation, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

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