Las personas y las familias deben estar seguras en su hogar. La vivienda se ha convertido en un tema cada vez más delicado y muy cargado para inquilinos, propietarios y arrendadores que intentan averiguar cómo llegar a fin de mes durante la orden de quedarse en casa y en el futuro.

Un grupo de generosos donantes locales se ha unido para crear el Fondo de Defensa Legal de la Vivienda. Con $10,000 de capital inicial, el objetivo es recaudar $ 50,000 para garantizar que los servicios legales de vivienda accesibles y gratuitos estén disponibles para aquellos que necesitan luchar contra un desalojo, recibir ayuda con problemas relacionados con viviendas deficientes o resolver un problema entre propietarios e inquilinos.

Cada dólar donado al Fondo de Defensa Legal de la Vivienda se utilizará para brindar servicios legales gratuitos a nuestros vecinos que necesitan servicios legales gratuitos para asuntos de vivienda y refugio.

Estas son algunas de las formas en que actuamos:

  • Un individuo o familia estará conectado con representación legal accesible, profesional y pro-bono para que puedan permanecer seguros durante esta crisis y más allá.
  • Ayudamos a combatir los desalojos.
  • Brindar asistencia para navegar por viviendas subsidiadas públicamente.
  • Asegúrese de que las residentes no soporten viviendas de calidad inferior.
  • Responder a la afluencia de problemas de derechos de propietarios e inquilinos y esfuerzos educativos de prevención de ejecuciones hipotecarias y desalojos futuros.
  • Ayudar con la propiedad de vivienda, incluidos los problemas de la asociación de propietarios.
  • Lucha contra la discriminación en la vivienda.
  • Representar a clientes que enfrentan prácticas abusivas de préstamos hipotecarios.

Al unirse a estos líderes del fondo como donante del Fondo de Defensa Legal de la Vivienda, ayudará a nuestros vecinos a vivir vidas productivas y seguras y la Clínica estará un paso cerca de contratar a un Director de Práctica de Derecho de la Vivienda a tiempo completo.

After spending two weeks in a hotel, in March, client and her husband came to the Clinic seeking assistance. For months, client asked her landlord to check a stain in the ceiling of her apartment, a leak in the kitchen, and mold issues in the bathroom, however, the landlord declined to make repairs, advising that he was waiting for further damage hoping that the insurance company would pay for a more comprehensive restoration of the property. One day, after they returned from work, client found pieces of the ceiling on the floor of the apartment and a big hole in the ceiling; they called the village inspector who condemned the apartment and requested the landlord fix the damage. At that moment client and her family were forced to move due to the inhabitability of the property caused by water damage and mold. For months client waited to receive the security deposit back and reimbursement for all the expenses they incurred while living in a hotel, but the landlord again declined to return the deposit to client. After a few months, clinic staff and volunteer attorneys Ron Futterman and Tracy Baade helped client to obtain the full amount of the security deposit and reimbursement of expenses related to their tenancy.

Client contacted the clinic looking for assistance to get his $1700 security deposit back. After only a few months renting, client decided to leave the apartment because he was not able to afford the amount of rent he was paying; client talked to the landlord and he agree to let client moved out, reassuring him he was going to received his deposit later. Client moved with his wife and his daughter to a new apartment; for months client waited to receive the security deposit back, but landlord never return the deposit to client. After almost a year after moving out, clinic staff and volunteer attorney Steve Miller helped client contacting the landlord and getting his security deposit back.