PART Luncheon Focuses on D.C.’s Affordable Housing Crisis

January 31, 2017

January 2017 PART LuncheonOn Thursday, January 26th, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center held its first quarterly Pro Bono PARTnership Luncheon for 2017 hosted by Miller & Chevalier. The luncheon featured a panel presentation on D.C.’s affordable housing crisis and the Right to Housing Initiative moderated by Jennifer Netburn, housing initiative attorney at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. 

Panelists included Beth Harrison of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Lori Leibowitz of Neighborhood Legal Services Program, and John O’Connor, partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Approximately 50 attendees listened to the panel discuss current and future pro bono efforts to reduce homelessness and improve access to safe, healthy, and affordable housing in D.C. 

Want to see what you missed? Check out the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's speakers at the luncheon.

What Does It Mean to Be Homeless? 

Beth Harrison of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia explains what it means to be homeless and on the subsidized housing wait list in D.C. 

Attorney Access and D.C.'s Affordable Housing Crisis 

While discussing the city's affordable housing crisis, Harrison notes, “90 to 95 percent of tenants never get access to an attorney.” 

A Human Right to Housing 

“We believe that there is a human right to housing," says Lori Leibowitz of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program.

Tenant Challenges in Landlord and Tenant Court 

What difficulties do tenants face in Landlord and Tenant Court? John O’Connor of Steptoe & Johnson LLP explains.