Housing Task Force

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, from July 16-21, 2020, 26.5% of American households were considered housing insecure, an increase from 22.1% in June of that year. The Aspen Institute predicted that 30-40 million renters —  as much as 43% of all renter households in the U.S. — could be at risk of eviction in the last five months of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis have exacerbated concerns about evictions in many communities.


To address the pressing need for more information about the impact of laws and procedures on evictions, Congress directed the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to conduct an extensive study on the subject in the committee report that accompanied the Consolidated Appropriations Act, FY 2020 (P.L. 116-93) (the “Eviction Study”).

In addition to the research and analysis mandated by Congress, LSC's Board of Directors created a Housing Task Force to work in tandem with the Eviction Study to both highlight the findings of the Study and to raise awareness about the devastating impact of illegal evictions, housing instability related to manufactured homeslong-term motel rentals and foreclosures, as well as housing issues compounded or caused by other vulnerabilities.

The Housing Task Force brings together an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group of experts — including legal aid providers and private attorneys, business and community leaders, technology professionals, thought leaders, and members of the judiciary — to:

  1. Highlight the findings of the Eviction Study to raise awareness about the devastating impact of evictions and other causes of housing insecurity;
  2. Recommend strategies for engaging private attorneys to provide legal assistance on a pro bono basis on evictions and the subject included within the Eviction Study; and
  3. Profile model programs that provide effective legal services or information to those facing eviction and other housing issues.

To learn more about LSC's Eviction Study, a congressionally-directed investigation of evictions as a legal process and the scope of unmet legal needs involving eviction at the state and local level, here

For a look at previous LSC task forces, click here.

Housing Insecurity in the United States and the Role of Legal Aid 

The Housing Task Force is sharing what it learned about housing insecurity and the role of civil legal aid in helping low-income individuals and
families achieve stability and security in a four-part series. 

Housing Task Force Co-Chairs

Housing Task Force Members

Kimberly Boudreaux
Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities of Acadiana

Paulette Brown*
Past President, American Bar Association
Partner, Locke Lord LLP

Colleen Cotter
Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

The Honorable Charles S. Crompton*
Judge, San Francisco Superior Court, Department 19

The Honorable Fern A. Fisher
Special Assistant to the Dean for Social Justice Initiatives at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
Former Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, New York City Courts

Shawntelle Fisher
Executive Director, The SoulFisher Ministries

Rhea Gertken
Nevada Legal Services, Inc.

Cesiah Guadarrama Trejo
Associate State Director, 9-5 Colorado

Adam Heintz
Pro Bono Counsel, Legal Services of New York City

Matthew Keenan
Executive Director, Kansas Legal Services

John G. Levi
LSC Board Chair
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

The Honorable Lora Livingston*
Presiding Judge, 261st Civil District Court of Texas

Katrina Logan^
Director Economic Advancement Program, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

Jo-Ann M. Marzullo
Attorney, Ligris + Associates PC 
Chair of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association

Laurie Mikva
LSC Board Member
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Thomas W. Mitchell
Professor of Law and Co-Director, Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law, Texas A&M University School of Law
2020 MacArthur Fellow

Michael Neal
Senior Research Associate, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute

Julie Patiño
Executive Director, A Way Home Washington

David Pearson
Shawmut Education

Raphael F. Ramos
Eviction Defense Project Director and Milwaukee Housing Unit Supervisor, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.

Samantha Sanchez^
Director, Social Justice Sector, Techbridge

Joseph Singer
Professor, Harvard Law School

Nick Smithberg
Executive Director, Iowa Legal Aid

Esther Sullivan
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado Denver

Maria Thomas-Jones
Chief Executive Officer, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

Laura Tuggle
Executive Director, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Nicole Upano
Director Public Policy, National Apartment Association

Gloria Valencia-Weber
LSC Board Member
Professor Emerita, University of New Mexico School of Law

John Whitelaw
Legal Advocacy Director, Delaware Community Legal Aid Society

Marquita Wise-Jones
Secretary of the Board, Maryland Legal Aid

David Zapolsky*
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Amazon

* Denotes member of LSC's Leaders Council or ^ Emerging Leaders Council