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  • Know Your Rights Series

    Housing Rights education for mobile home park communities. In partnership with Adams County, our attorneys present a monthly education series (5 total) to equip residents with the information necessary to self-advocate and defend their rights in mobile home parks.

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    Housing Rights education for mobile home park communities. In partnership with Adams County, our attorneys present a monthly education series (5 total) to equip residents with the information necessary to self-advocate and defend their rights in mobile home parks.

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  • Gunnison District Court Grants Request to Prevent Retaliatory Rent Increase

    On August 16, 2022, the District Court in Gunnison County granted Colorado Poverty Law Project’s (“CPLP”) preliminary injunction request, preventing defendant Ski Town Village Mobile Home Park from increasing rent, imposing late fees, or taking other retaliatory action against the homeowners of the park. The ruling comes as a result of the resident association, Organización De Nuevas Esperanzas (“ONE”), filing a lawsuit in June seeking to prevent a 70% rent increase against residents of the Park. The day after the park exchanged hands earlier this year, the new owners notified residents that rent was increasing by $300 for this low-income and predominantly Hispanic community. The lawsuit alleged that the rent increase was in retaliation for homeowners complaining about dangerous park conditions and other deferred maintenance. In its ruling, the Court acknowledged the affordable housing shortage and ruled that ONE was successful in demonstrating a reasonable probability that the noticed rent increase was done for retaliatory purposes. This is a significant victory for mobile home residents. Rarely—if ever—has a court in Colorado enjoined a landlord from raising rents. “CPLP is proud to serve as an advocate for mobile home residents throughout the state,” says Shannon MacKenzie, executive director of CPLP. “We are hopeful that this ruling serves as a warning to park owners everywhere that they cannot retaliate against tenants for raising safety conditions and other maintenance issues.” With a preliminary injunction in place, the case will proceed to trial, which likely will occur sometime in 2023. Rising rents remain a significant challenge for mobile homeowners that threatens to extinguish this source of affordable housing. To address this issue, the Colorado General Assembly attempted to pass legislation in 2022 that would have limited rent increases, but that measure was withdrawn due to the threat of a veto by Governor Polis. Without a policy in place, ONE utilized existing law to protect themselves from retaliatory rental increases. Colorado Poverty Law Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent homelessness through legal representation, education, and advocacy. This lawsuit was brought in partnership with William P. Edwards, P.C..

  • Colorado Poverty Law Project Announces New Executive Director

    Colorado Poverty Law Project is thrilled to introduce Shannon MacKenzie as our new Executive Director! Previously our Deputy Director and Managing Attorney, Shannon is a former teacher and a civil rights attorney specializing in disability law. "I am looking forward to continuing to support CPLP staff in its unwavering dedication to underserved Coloradans," says MacKenzie. "It is a true honor to work with every person on our team in service of those most in need." Caitlin Finn, co-founder and previous Executive Director, will be shifting to a new role as Chief Operating Officer. CPLP is grateful to have such an exceptional leadership team!

  • Summary of HB22-1287: Protections for Mobile Home Park Residents

    Vea abajo para esto en español SPONSORED BY REP. ANDREW BOESENECKER, REP. EDIE HOOTON, AND SEN. WINTER Effective October 1st, 2022, HB22-1287 provides a more meaningful opportunity for mobile homeowners to purchase their park, assistance for displaced park residents following a park closure, expanded and more equitable options for enforcing Colorado's Mobile Home Park Act, protections to strengthen the financial security and quality of life for residents, and improved administration. A MORE MEANINGFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR MOBILE HOMEOWNERS TO PURCHASE THEIR PARK: Expands the time allotted to homeowners to make an offer to purchase their park from 90 days to 120 days. Establishes tolling events that pause the 120 day “opportunity to purchase” timeframe if: (1) there is a delay in obtaining financing or an inspection that is outside the homeowners’ control; (2) homeowners file a complaint about the sales process; or (3) homeowners attempt to assign their option to purchase to a nonprofit or public entity. Upon assignment from homeowners, provides public entities with a “right of first refusal” to match the best offer a park seller receives to purchase the park. Clarifies what is required by park owners to engage in good faith negotiations with homeowners who make an offer to purchase, including requiring that the time period for closing and method for financing the purchase not be considered. ASSISTANCE FOR DISPLACED PARK RESIDENTS FOLLOWING A PARK CLOSURE: Allows a homeowner to receive compensation for being displaced due to a park change in use/closure. Homeowners may request one of the following, at the homeowner’s discretion: (1) reimbursement for relocation costs (i.e., moving expenses) within 100 miles; or (2) purchase of the mobile home for the greater of its in-place fair market value or the fixed amount of $7,500 (single wide home) or $10,000 (double wide home), which will increase with inflation. EXPANDED AND MORE EQUITABLE OPTIONS FOR ENFORCING COLORADO’S MOBILE HOME PARK ACT: Prohibits park owners from increasing rents if they have not registered with the state, owe penalties, or have failed to comply with an order from Division of Housing. Allows the Office of the Attorney General to enforce the CO Mobile Home Park Act. Authorizes the Division of Housing to order minimum penalties, pursue injunctive or other relief in court, and issue cease and desist orders in response to legal violations committed by a park owner. The Division may investigate potential violations on its own initiative. Expands access to justice for homeowners by allowing them to pursue nonfrivolous claims without the risk of incurring liability for a park owner’s legal fees, and without being required to pay bond to the court as a condition for bringing a lawsuit. Beginning by July 1, 2024, allows non-homeowner residents (i.e. renters), nonprofits, and local governments to file complaints with the Division of Housing. PROTECTIONS TO STRENGTHEN THE FINANCIAL SECURITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PARK RESIDENTS: Clarifies prohibitions against, and penalties in the event of, a park owner threatening baseless evictions, misleading a homeowner into signing a new lease agreement, or retaliating against residents for organizing activities. Strengthens protections to prevents park owners from unreasonably interfering with a homeowner’s right to sell their house. Prevents a park owner from enforcing expensive or onerous park rules related to the mobile home itself unless the rules are agreed upon by a homeowner or homeowner’s association, the rule is strictly necessary to comply with a law, or strictly necessary to protect the health and safety of park residents. If necessary for health/safety, the rule must also provide the protection at the lowest expense to homeowners as reasonably possible. Requires park owners to provide potable water and toilet alternatives within 12 hours of a disruption in water services. IMPROVED PARK ADMINISTRATION: Requires park owners to retain the lease and other crucial documents and records related to a resident’s tenancy for the duration of that tenancy and for 12 months after the tenancy. Grants residents the right to request and participate in a meeting with park management up to twice a year, to facilitate better communication. Allows the public to obtain important information about the ownership structure of mobile parks and recent rent increases through updates to the park registration form. Questions? Contact Jack Regenbogen, CPLP's Policy and Advocacy Staff Attorney at jack@copovertylawproject.org or (314) 479-1617. Resumen de HB22-1287: Protecciones para residentes de parques de casas móviles PATROCINADO POR REP. ANDREW BOESENECKER, REP. EDIE HOOTON, Y SEN. WINTER Effectivo el 1 de Octubre del 2022, HB22-1287 da una mejor oportunidad para que los dueños de casas moviles puedan comprar su parque, les da assistencia a los residentes de parques desplazados después del cierre del parque, hay opciones ampliadas y más equitativas para hacer cumplir la Ley de Parques de Casas Móviles de Colorado, incluye protecciones para fortalecer la seguridad financiera y la calidad de vida de los residentes, y mejor administración. Una Oportunidad Más Significativa Para Los Proprietarios de Casas Móviles Para Comprar su Parque: Amplía el tiempo asignado a los propietarios para hacer una oferta de compra de su parque de 90 días a 120 días. Establece eventos de peaje que pausan el plazo de 120 días de “oportunidad de compra” si: (1) hay un retraso en la obtención de financiamiento o una inspección que está fuera del control de propietarios; (2) los propietarios presentan una queja sobre el proceso de venta; o (3) los propietarios intentan asignar su opción de compra a una entidad pública o sin fines de lucro. Tras la cession de los propietarios, proporciona a las entidades públicas un “derecho de preferencia” para igualar la mejor oferta que recibe el vendedor del parque para comprar el parque. Aclara lo que los propietarios de parques requieren para entablar negociaciones de buena fe con los propietarios de viviendas que hacen una oferta de compra, incluido el requisite de que no se consider eel período de tiempo para el cierre y el método para financiar la compra. Asistencia para residentes del parque desplazados después del cierre del parque: Permite que un propietario reciba una compensación por ser desplazado debido a un cambio de uso/cierre del parque. Los propietarios pueden solicitar uno de los siguientes, a discreción del propietario: (1) reembolso de los costos de reubicación (es decir, gastos de mudanza) dentro de las 100 millas; o (2) la compra de la casa móvil por el mayor de su valor justo de mercado o el monto fijo de $7,500 (casa de ancho simple) o $10,000 (casa de doble ancho). Que aumentará con la inflación. Opciones ampliadas y más equitativas para hacer cumplir la ley de parques de casas móviles de colorado Prohíbe que los propietarios de parque aumenten los alquileres si no se han registrado con el estado, deben multas o no han cumplido con una orden de la División de Vivienda. Permite que la Oficina del Fiscal General haga cumplir la Ley de Parques de Casas Móviles de CO. Autoriza de la División de Vivienda a ordenar penas mínimas, solicitor medidas cautelares u otras medidas de reparación en los tribunales y emitir órdenes de cese y desistimiento en respuesta a violaciones legales cometidas por el propietario de un parque. La División puede investigar posibles violaciones por iniciativa propia. Amplía el acceso a la justicia para los propietarios de viviendas al permitirles que presenten reclamos no frívolos sin el riesgo de incurrir en responsabilidad por los honorarios legales del propietario del parque y sin tener que pagar una fianza al tribunal como condición para presenter una demanda. A partir del 1 de Julio de 2024, permite que los residentes que no son propietarios de viviendas (es decir, los inquilinos), las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y los gobiernos locales presenten quejas ante la División de Vivienda. Protecciones para fortalecer la seguridad financiera y la calidad de vida de los residentes del parque: Aclara las prohibiciones y sanciones en caso de que el propietario de un parque amenace con desalojos infundados, engañe al propietario para que firme un nuevo contrato de arrendamiento o tome represalias contra los residents por organizer actividades. Fortalece las protecciones para evitar que los propietarios de parques interfieran injustificadamente con el derecho del propietario a vender su casa. Impide que el propietario de un parque haga cumplir las reglas costosas u onerosas del parque relacionadas con la casa móvil en si, a menos que las reglas sean acordadas por el propietario o la asociación de propietarios, la regla sea estrictamente necesaria para cumplir con una ley, or estrictamente necesaria para proteger la salud y seguridad de los residentes del parque. Si es necesario para la salud/seguridad, la regla tambien debe proporcionar la protección al costo más bajo possible para los propietarios de viviendas. Requiere que los dueños de los parques proporcionen agua potable y baños alternativos dentro de las 12 horas posteriors a una interrupción en los servicios de agua. Mejor Administración del parque: Requiere que los propietarios de parques conserven el contrato de arrendamiento y otros documentos y registros cruciales relacionados con el arrendamiento de un residente durante la duración de ese arrendamiento y durante los 12 meses posteriors al arrendamiento. Otorga a los residentes el derecho a solicitar y participar en una reunion con la administración del parque hasta dos veces al año, para facilitar una mejor comunicación. Permite al público obtener información importante sobre la estructura de propiedad de los parques móviles y los aumentos recientes de alquiler a través de actualizaciones del formulario de registro del parque. Para obtener más informacion, pongase en contacto con Jack Regenbogen en jack@copovertylawproject.org o (314) 479-1617

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  • Eviction and Housing Legal Help | Colorado Poverty Law Project

    Everything depends on a place to call home. CPLP connects low-income individuals with free legal services to fight evictions and housing injustice. Get help Gunnison District Court Grants Request to Prevent Retaliatory Rent Increase Colorado Poverty Law Project Announces New Executive Director Summary of HB22-1287: Protections for Mobile Home Park Residents Stay in touch with us Submit Thanks for staying informed! Attend Our Monthly Legal Clinic News and Media Stories of Impact Learn about our Mobile Home Initiative Learn more about becoming a volunteer attorney Meet the CPLP team Evictions and COVID-19 Resources About Us The Colorado Poverty Law Project's mission is to prevent homelessness through legal representation, education, and advocacy. Learn More

  • Our Work | COPovertyLawProject

    Our Work Monthly Legal Clinic Many Colorado residents need legal assistance but cannot afford a lawyer. Since 2005, CPLP volunteer attorneys have provided free counsel to vulnerable residents at a monthly legal clinic at the South Street Health Center in partnership with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. In 2013, CPLP was formed to make sure this clinic continued to exist. ​ At the clinic, individuals can meet one-on-one with our volunteer attorneys to receive general legal information on a range of legal issues. While CPLP is recognized for its expertise in housing law, our clinic continues to serve individuals with questions about other civil legal issues such as custody, government benefits, and personal injury. Our team will also refer individuals in need of further legal assistance or social services to our volunteer network and community partners. Clinics take place on the third Wednesday of every month from 4-6 pm. Due to COVID-19, all clinics are currently taking place virtually via Zoom. You can RSVP to attend our upcoming clinic here. Just Housing Initiative Key Programs: Free legal guidance and representation through our volunteer network of pro bono attorneys Community “Know-Your-Rights” trainings on the rights of tenants under Colorado housing laws Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses on housing law for the legal community Advocacy related to housing justice Direct referrals to community partners for non-legal social services Please contact us if you would like to request a training in your community (contact@copovertylawproject.org ) Mobile Home Initiative In 2020, CPLP expanded its Just Housing Initiative to provide similar services to the underserved residents of mobile home communities in Colorado. Over 100,000 people live in 900 mobile home parks across Colorado, and these parks provide the largest inventory of affordable housing in the state. Colorado’s Mobile Home Park Act provides protections for park residents, but accessing the rights afforded by this law can present challenges. Key Programs: Community “Know-Your-Rights” trainings on the rights of mobile home residents under Colorado’s Mobile Home Park Act. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses on the Mobile Home Park Act to increase knowledge in the legal community and recruit volunteer attorneys Pro bono legal consultation and representation to residents on matters relating to landlord violations of the Mobile Home Park Act and evictions, including assisting residents with complaints filed through DOLA’s Dispute Resolution and Enforcement Program Advocacy related to housing justice for mobile home park residents Direct referrals to community partners for non-legal social services Please contact us if you would like to request a Know-Your-Rights training in your community (contact@copovertylawproject.org ) ​ RESOURCES: ​ 1. Know Your Rights Mobile Home Park Evictions ​ 2. Know Your Rights Mobile Home Park Landlord Obligations ​ 3. Know Your Rights Mobile Home Park Act Overview ​ 4. Know Your Rights Mobile Home Park Sales ​ 5. Know Your Rights Mobile Home Parks and Retaliation ​ CPLP’s Mobile Home Initiative would not be possible without the community organizations that help us reach and support mobile home residents in need of assistance. 9 to 5 9to5 is a nationwide grassroots non-profit organization that combines advocacy, education, and leadership development to achieve economic justice. 9 to 5 Colorado’s deep roots in community organizing efforts in mobile home communities have allowed CPLP to connect with mobile home residents in need of legal support in Denver and throughout the state. Colorado Coalition of Manufactured Home Owners ( CocoMHO) CPLP partners with CocoMHO on Know-Your-Rights trainings, stakeholder engagement to promote advocacy efforts to protect tenants, and other initiatives that aim to protect the rights of Colorado mobile home park residents. Housing Advocacy ​ CPLP works closely with community partners to support legislation and other policy initiatives that protect tenants, including laws that: Keep Coloradans in safe and stable housing Give tenants the resources to fight unfair evictions Prevent discrimination and predatory landlord practices CPLP has provided input and/or testimonial support on the following Colorado policy initiatives: Creating an Eviction Legal Defense Fund: Senate Bill 180 (2019) Extending the Time Period to Cure Lease Violation: House Bill 1118 (2019) Revisions to Colorado Warranty of Habitability Act: House Bill 1170 (2019) Recent Advocacy Updates: On June 30th, 2020, new amendments to the Mobile Home Park Act went into effect. CPLP worked closely with the Colorado Center for Law and Policy, CoCoMHO and other community partners to propose administrative rules that clarified tenant rights under the Mobile Home Park Act. On November 30th, 2020, Colorado’s Mobile Home Park Oversight Program began enforcing clearer protections for mobile home residents against landlord abuse. Mobile home communities will now be better protected in the following ways: Landlords must provide 48 hours notice before entering the premises to address alleged lease violations, protecting residents from arbitrary and intrusive entries of their home. Landlords may not pass attorney fees onto residents who file a complaint with the Mobile Home Park Oversight Program. When a complaint filed with the Mobile Home Park Oversight Program identifies an improper fee, all park residents are exempt from payment while the complaint is pending, not just the resident who brought the complaint. Young Adult Initiative In 2021, CPLP expanded its Just Housing Initiative to provide similar services specifically tailored for young adults. In partnership with Young Adult Tenant Advocates with diverse experiences of housing stability, CPLP is working to support young adults in Denver and beyond in ensuring their safe and stable housing. Key Programs: “Know-Your-Rights” trainings on tenant rights under Colorado and federal law for young adults and service providers working with young adults. Pro bono legal consultation and representation to young adult tenants on matters relating to landlord violations and evictions. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses on trauma-informed legal service provision and applicable housing laws to increase knowledge in the legal community and recruit volunteer attorneys. Advocacy related to housing justice for young adults. Direct referrals to community partners for legal and non-legal services outside the scope of the initiative. Please contact us if you would like to request a Know-Your-Rights training for your organization or community (contact@copovertylawproject.org ) ​ If you need legal assistance please fill out our online intake form . ​ RESOURCES: Tenant Rights | Derechos del inquilino Non-Payment Eviction | Proceso de desalojo por falta de pago de renta Immigrant Tenant Protection Act | Ley de Protección de Inquilinos Inmigrantes Landlord Obligations FixMyRental Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) Metro Area Housing Authorities Subsidized vs. Affordable Housing: What's the Difference?

  • About Us | COPovertyLawProject

    About Us Mission and Vision The Colorado Poverty Law Project's mission is to prevent homelessness through legal representation, education, and advocacy. ​ Our Vision: We believe that no one should become homeless for lack of access to housing justice. Meet the Team Shannon MacKenzie Executive Director, CPLP Shannon is a former teacher and a civil rights attorney specializing in disability law. She uses her training as a trauma-informed practitioner to ensure that every client is treated with dignity and provided with exceptional service. Contact Shannon at shannon@copovertylawproject.org David Valleau Housing Attorney, CPLP Mobile Home Initiative Team Leader ​ David is a driving force behind the organization’s Mobile Home Initiative, and uses his in-depth knowledge of Colorado’s Mobile Home Park Act to lead Know-Your-Rights trainings and provide pro bono legal guidance and representation for mobile home park residents. “It's often said that there are no rights without remedy. While the Mobile Home Park Act gives many rights to mobile home residents, those rights are meaningless without access to justice. Taken a step further, these rights mean nothing if mobile home residents are unaware of them. That is what I see as CPLP’s purpose. We educate residents about their rights and facilitate access to justice and representation so residents can fulfill the rights provided to them by the Colorado legislature.” Contact David for inquires about CPLP’s Mobile Home Initiative (david@copovertylawproject.org ) Lauren Rafter Housing Attorney, CPLP Young Adult Team Leader ​ ​ Lauren's background is in working with young adults who have experienced trauma on a variety of legal and multidisciplinary issues and representing the best interests of children in civil protection order cases. She is the Intake Coordinator at CPLP, working to ensure every individual seeking legal support feels heard and empowered to take the next necessary steps ​ “Safe and stable housing is integral in building a foundation upon which to thrive for people of all ages, and far too many people in our community are without that or at risk of losing that. CPLP steps in--meeting people where they are at--to address the crises they are facing. We also work with community partners through education, policy, and legislation to stop those same crises from happening to others in the future so that one day soon all of our neighbors in Colorado may be free from the trauma of experiencing homelessness.” Contact Lauren with questions about CPLP's young adult program (lauren@copovertylawproject.org ) Olivia Kohrs Housing Attorney, CPLP ​ ​ ​ Olivia uses her background in civil rights to inform how she provides client-centered legal guidance and resources to individuals fighting evictions. "Too often the members of our community most intimately impacted by our complex legal systems do not have the resources or aid to participate fully or confidently in them. CPLP provides community members with both the tools and the support to engage in these systems and advocate for their rights. By expanding access to justice and working to amplify community members' voices in these spaces, we can help individuals who are fighting for their homes feel heard and empowered, and let them know that they have someone in their corner." Contact Olivia with questions about getting legal assistance (Olivia@copovertylawproject.org ) Andrea Worcester Paralegal, CPLP ​ ​ ​ Andrea is our intake paralegal and Spanish interpreter. Growing up in Colorado, Andrea has seen the population of the unhoused community grow with very little assistance being offered. Finding CPLP has given Andrea the avenue to help people access housing justice. As the intake paralegal and often first point of contact, Andrea compassionately offers assistance and resources to help members feel safe to share their story. Contact Andrea with questions about getting legal assistance (Andrea@copovertylawproject.org ) Spencer Bailey Housing Advocate Attorney, CPLP ​ ​ ​ Spencer brings his background in eviction defense, fair housing, and community engagement to create legal resources and Know-Your-Rights trainings that empower tenants and housing advocates. He is also excited to support CPLP's eviction defense work, strengthen relationships with CPLP's partners, and develop policies and legislation that reduce evictions and increase housing stability for Coloradans. Contact Spencer with questions about legal resources and community engagement (Spencer@copovertylawproject.org ) Adam Rice Housing Attorney, CPLP ​ ​ ​ Adam is a Housing Attorney at CPLP. In addition to his deep commitment to housing justice, he brings to CPLP experience in fair housing, community economic development, consumer protection, and public policy making. Before joining CPLP, Adam worked at the Colorado Department of Law and served as Counsel to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. Previously, Adam was an elementary school teacher in Newark, New Jersey. Contact Adam with questions about fair housing (Adam@copovertylawproject.org ) Jack Regenbogen Policy and Advocacy Staff Attorney, CPLP ​ ​ ​ Jack Regenbogen is a Policy and Advocacy Staff Attorney at Colorado Poverty Law Project. With expertise in evictions, landlord-tenant law, public benefits such as SNAP and helping people with criminal justice records, Jack is responsible for developing and supporting policies to improve the economic security of low-income Coloradans. Jack earned his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in 2012. Contact Jack with questions about advocacy and policy initiatives (Jack@copovertylawproject.org ) Maria Sierra Housing Navigator, CPLP Maria holds a B.A. in Chicano Studies and Human Services and has served the Denver community for over 25 years. Her work is focused on low income housing, nonprofits, education, and community advocacy. Maria firmly believes her lived experience brings a unique understanding to the struggle many in our underserved communities face. Maria believes that engaging the community and connecting through shared experiences fosters relationships. These relationships build resilience and create opportunity to share resources and knowledge of complex systems. Maria is hopeful that she will be able to see her city, and the people living in it, not struggle to meet the basic needs of their families. She also hopes for opportunities for families to truly experience life and not just navigate through their struggles. Contact Maria for questions about housing navigation (Maria@copovertylawproject.org ) Idali Rodriguez Intern, CPLP Idali is currently a senior at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. She is pursuing a degree in Cultural Anthropology as well as minoring in Legal Studies and Political Science. Idali has been a part of the Law School Yes We Can program for two years. She is interested in social justice and equity issues in the housing sector. Contact Idali for questions about obtaining legal assistance (Idali@copovertylawproject.org ) Ellen Lee Development and Grants Manager, CPLP As Development and Grants Manager, Ellen is passionate about communicating CPLP’s mission and impact to donors. Prior to joining CPLP, Ellen spent several years fundraising for human services organizations. Ellen holds an MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Contact Ellen for questions about donations (ellen@copovertylawproject.org ) Ericka Welsh Housing Attorney, CPLP Ericka comes to CPLP with a varied background in public interest work, having served as an advocate for incarcerated individuals seeking post-conviction relief, immigrant families, refugees and asylum-seekers, and victims and offenders seeking access to restorative justice. As a housing attorney, Ericka aims to provide compassionate, human-centered legal support to CPLP clients and help them obtain meaningful justice that meets their needs. Contact Ericka for questions about obtaining legal assistance (ericka@copovertylawproject.org ) Kathia Castro Gonzalez Community Navigator, CPLP As Community Navigator, Kathia is pursuing her commitment to advocating for marginalized communities and amplifying the voices of individuals who have felt silence. Through CPLP she is able to provide and facilitate spaces in which individuals can learn, be empowered and become self-reliant in regards to housing. Prior to CPLP she worked in the education system working towards making her school an equitable space for all students and parents. Contact Kathia for questions about community programs (kathia@copovertylawproject.org ) Deborah Mayer Housing Attorney, CPLP Debbie is a Housing Attorney with CPLP and is focusing on the development of CPLP services in Larimer County. Prior to joining CPLP, Debbie was the Employee Housing Programs Coordinator for Colorado State University and is a former staff attorney with The Center for Nonprofit Legal Services in Medford Oregon where she represented low-income tenants at risk of displacement. For many years she has been involved with nonprofit advocacy work promoting housing, health, and economic justice. Contact Deborah for questions about obtaining legal assistance (deborah@copovertylawproject.org ) Ariane Frosh Housing Attorney, CPLP With a background in gender and reproductive justice, Ariane brings a client-centric and intersectional approach to her housing justice work at CPLP. Born and raised in Denver, Ariane is passionate about amplifying access to justice for the state’s most marginalized groups and believes that safe and secure housing is a foundational right of all Coloradans. Before law school, Ariane worked for Senator Michael Bennet and in the Obama Administration and clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals prior to joining CPLP. Ariane earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. Contact Ariane for questions about obtaining legal assistance (ariane@copovertylawproject.org ) Caitlin Finn Founder and Chief Operating Officer, CPLP VP of Finance & Admin, General Counsel, Concept3D After graduating law school in 2014, Caitlin became CPLP’s first employee. Drawing on her deep roots in Denver and her skills as a network builder, Caitlin has forged strong relationships with key stakeholders and helped position CPLP as an important player in Denver’s pro bono ecosystem. “Bryan Stevenson often discusses the importance of proximity. Proximity is so important because if you’re not in contact with the things you’re passionate about, the causes you believe in, and the people you want to help, then you lose sight of why you’re doing it. You lose sight of who you are doing it for. So I think it’s super important, especially as attorneys, that we remember why we went to law school. A client once said to me ‘Thank you for advocating for me. Thanks for standing up for me. You believed in me, and no one else has before.’ Sometimes it’s just showing up with someone and walking through a portion of their life with them that matters.” Contact Caitlin for partnership inquiries (caitlin@copovertylawproject.org ) Blair Kanis Founder and Vice President, CPLP General Counsel and Director of Sustainability, Cocona Labs Blair founded CPLP with Tom Snyder in 2013 to provide vulnerable Coloradans with legal representation through monthly pro bono legal clinics. As the leader of CPLP’s Mobile Home Initiative, Blair works to clarify and strengthen protections afforded by Colorado’s Mobile Home Park Act and guides CPLP’s pro bono work in the area of mobile home evictions and tenant rights. “I had a very clear sense of home growing up. My dad’s family had lived for generations on the farm where I grew up. But I realize that this situation is the outlier in America. That’s where this idea of housing justice really took hold for me. If you don't have safe and stable housing, you can’t build a strong, healthy, happy life. If you lose your housing, it’s like unraveling this web that everything was connected to. You don't have an address to send things to anymore. You are probably not living close to your job anymore. Your kids aren't in the same school or you may lose custody altogether. But if you can hold on, and stay in your housing, that provides the stability to hopefully keep the rest together.” Contact Blair with inquiries about CPLP’s Mobile Home Initiative ( blair@copovertylawproject.org ) Tom Snyder Founder and President, CPLP Partner, Kutak Rock LLP Drawing on his expertise as a trial attorney, Tom serves as an advisor on litigation and legal strategy for CPLP volunteers. He is instrumental in the creation of CPLP’s Continuing Legal Education courses, and regularly provides pro bono services to CPLP clients on a range of housing justice issues. "Advocating for these individuals is extremely rewarding. To interview somebody, coalesce their circumstances into a single legal issue, summarize it for them to show that you understand, carry that to a court or an adversary, and resolve the problem which seemed so impossible to them, it’s really powerful and true to the occupation of an attorney." Contact Tom with inquires about Continuing Legal Education courses (thomas.snyder@kutakrock.com ) Lisa Scalpone Chief Financial Officer, CPLP Lisa Scalpone is a technology executive who joined CPLP’s board to provide financial and administrative guidance as the organization entered a period of sustained growth. Her strong background in corporate law and business strategy enables the team to maximize its work with clients in need. “One could argue helping people stay in their homes is one of the most fundamental things you can do for a person. Our mental stability and our happiness is closely linked to having a place to go home to every night. It's a truly scary prospect to be faced with an eviction court proceeding all alone. CPLP provides that safety net so our fellow community members in need are not alone. You are with someone the whole way, who knows the law and who wants to help you. I'm proud to be a part of such an important organization. Kevin M. McGreevy Senior Advisor, CPLP Criminal Defense, Ridley, McGreevy, Winocur Kevin worked for six years as a public defender in Denver before joining a private firm, and has the honor of being CPLP’s first board member. He has utilized his experience as a litigator to guide many vulnerable Colordans through legal challenges over the years and regularly volunteers at CPLP’s monthly legal clinic. “There are a lot of reasons I think people should care about the Colorado Poverty Law Project, but most of them boil down to this one basic thing. It makes our community stronger. Caring for one another, making sure all who are subjected to the justice system have someone that can give them access to resources or an understanding of where they are so they are not mistreated. Even if you are vulnerable, uneducated, or suffering from mental illness, we’re not going to allow for exploitation of those issues in our justice system. It just builds our community as a whole.” Partners CPLP is grateful to all the partners who make our work possible, including donors who support our work, volunteers who give their time, service providers with whom we collaborate, and community organizations that help us reach and support those in need of assistance. Our Principal Supporters State of Colorado​ Colorado’s Eviction Legal Defense Fund helps support CPLP’s Just Housing Initiative . The Just Housing Initiative expands access to housing justice for vulnerable tenants through education and volunteer pro bono representation to defend against evictions and help with other housing issues. Adams County In 2020, CPLP launched a pilot program of its Mobile Home Initiative in partnership with Adams County, which has the highest concentration of mobile homes in Colorado. Colorado Health Foundation In 2019, the Colorado Health Foundation provided critical funding for CPLP’s Just Housing Initiative . Continuing support from the Colorado Health Foundation in 2020 has allowed CPLP to work toward statewide expansion of its Mobile Home Initiative in 2021. Kutak Rock Kutak Rock has been an indispensable partner in CPLP’s growth. The firm’s lawyers have provided countless hours volunteering, both in providing legal support services to CPLP as an organization and in providing advice and representation to the individuals CPLP serves. The firm also has been a consistent financial supporter of CPLP. We are proud and honored by the relentless support of Kutak Rock and its attorneys. City of Fort Collins In 2020, CPLP worked in collaboration with Fuerza Latina and La Familia to bring Covid-related legal assistance and education to low-income individuals in the City of Fort Collins. Denver Foundation The Denver Foundation also provides important funding for CPLP’s Just Housing Initiative , supporting CPLP’s efforts to provide eviction defense and other legal assistance to individuals and families at risk of losing housing in the Denver metro area. Legal and Social Service Partners Our clients often have complex needs that go beyond legal representation or require collaboration between legal service providers. Through our strong relationships with many legal and social service providers in the Front Range and our growing network throughout Colorado, we ensure that each client’s situation is addressed holistically. Partners include: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Denver Bar Association Colorado Legal Services Colorado Center on Law and Policy Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Colorado Law-University of Colorado at Boulder University of Denver-Sturm College of Law Denver Health Children’s Hospital Colorado Jefferson County Public Library Urban Peak Street’s Hope Colorado Housing Connects Brothers Redevelopment COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project Alpine Legal Services Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center Bridge to Justice Community Support Partners In addition to referrals from service providers, CPLP’s work depends on its strong partnerships in the communities we serve. Like the service providers listed above, the organizations that support us in these community-based partnerships are the unsung heroes. They inform us of critical issues facing residents in their communities, assist with outreach efforts, provide referrals, and so much more. 9to5 Colorado Colorado Coalition of Manufactured Home Owners (CoCoMHO) African Leadership Group B-Konnected Fuerza Latina La Familia The Initiative Dry Bones Enterprise Community Partners

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