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    • Copy of 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.

    • 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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    Blog Posts (11)
    • Preventing Eviction Over a Personal Vendetta

      Acting on a personal vendetta, a landlord refused to accept rent for the last month on a tenant’s lease. The landlord then filed an eviction order for nonpayment and other baseless lease violations. Unfamiliar with navigating housing law regulations and at risk of having an eviction on her rental history, the tenant contacted CPLP. A volunteer attorney helped her file counterclaims demanding payment for damages and attorneys’ fees. This led to a settlement that required the landlord to drop the eviction order, forfeit the last month’s rent payment, and repay the entire security deposit.

    • Eviction Avoided for Client with Mental Illness

      A single mother with mental illness called emergency services on herself during a manic episode to prevent self harm. Her landlord then served her with an eviction notice, claiming that police being called to the apartment was a substantial violation of the lease. A CPLP volunteer attorney stopped this wrongful eviction and negotiated a mutual rescission of the lease. The tenant and her son moved in with family in order to stabilize her mental health.

    • Grandmother’s Eviction Dropped After False Accusations

      A single woman was evicted after her landlord made false accusations against her grandson. The landlord alleged that the woman’s grandson had allowed a neighbor to fire gunshots from the window, a claim which he strongly denied. When the landlord refused to terminate eviction proceedings, the woman sought help from CPLP. The night before trial, a volunteer attorney was able to obtain a police report containing the location of the gun casings. Because the report proved that the bullets could not have been shot from the tenant’s apartment, the landlord dropped the case and the grandmother was able to remain in her apartment.

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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 The CDC extended the federal eviction moratorium for nonpayment of rent until March 31, 2021. See HERE for more information. Stay in touch with us Submit Thanks for staying informed! Attend Our Monthly Legal Clinic 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

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    • 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. ​ We believe that no one should become homeless for lack of access to housing justice. Our Vision: Meet the Team Shannon MacKenzie Deputy Director, CPLP Shannon is a former teacher and a civil rights attorney specializing in disability law. She works full-time for CPLP and uses her training as a trauma-informed practitioner to ensure that every client is treated with dignity and provided with exceptional service. “When a persons loses their home, it impacts their work, their health, and their kids’ education. It’s just devastating. When I was a teacher, I saw the horrific impact losing one's house had on my students and their families. When people contact CPLP, they are in the most stressful situation. They may have a pending eviction and think they're going to be homeless. They’re often in tears. I just let them tell me their story. Even if their issue doesn’t rise to the level of a legal problem, sometimes just being there to let them tell you what they’ve been going through and feel heard is important.” Contact Shannon with questions about getting legal help, becoming a volunteer, or any other CPLP inquiry (shannon@copovertylawproject.org) David Valleau Housing Attorney, CPLP Mobile Home Initiative Lead ​ David is a full-time member of the CPLP staff. He 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) Caitlin Finn Executive Director, 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​ helps support CPLP’s . 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. Colorado’s Eviction Legal Defense Fund Just Housing Initiative Adams County In 2020, CPLP launched a pilot program of its in partnership with Adams County, which has the highest concentration of mobile homes in Colorado. Mobile Home Initiative 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 in 2021. Mobile Home Initiative 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 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. , Just Housing Initiative 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) Colorado Mobile Home Residents Alliance (COMHRA) African Leadership Group B-Konnected Fuerza Latina La Familia The Initiative Dry Bones Enterprise Community Partners

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