This is part 3 in our 3-part series on Regional Housing Stability. Part 1 took place on June 29, and Part 2 will take place on July 2.
The region faced an eviction crisis even before the pandemic. Now, while greater rental assistance is coming through federal and local dollars, thousands of local residents still face the real possibility of navigating the legal eviction process alone. The risk of evictions is greater for Black and Brown renters who are more vulnerable due to existing disparities. Civil legal aid is an essential part of the region’s safety net, and as we turn to the monumental task of an equitable recovery, we must prioritize access to justice for all residents. Legal services providers are on the front lines now providing critical services to renters and are well positioned to do more as the region emerges from the pandemic. Join us for a discussion with regional civil legal aid leaders on how investing in legal services is an important tool in ensuring tenants receive the benefits and protections they are entitled to, as well as opportunities for philanthropic partnership.
- MODERATOR | Kirra Jarratt, DC Bar Foundation
- PANELIST | Beth Mellen, Legal Aid Society of DC
- PANELIST | Dipti Pidikiti-Smith, Legal Services of Northern Virginia
- PANELIST | Frank Vitale, Maryland Legal Aid