While equal justice under the law is a fundamental American value, all too often that value is unfulfilled. Most DC residents who are low-income and facing housing-related legal issues are at a clear disadvantage when having to navigate a complicated court system alone.

For many families, civil legal aid is the difference between keeping their homes or being forced out onto the street. Reliable housing stabilizes families and enables them to remain self-sufficient. Our grants to preserve access to affordable housing, assist families facing wrongful evictions or foreclosures, and empower residents living in unsafe living conditions have helped keep thousands of families in their homes and are critical to combating homelessness in the District.

The DC Bar Foundation’s focus on Keeping Families in their Homes includes:

  • Housing & Homelessness. Educating residents on their housing rights, preserving affordable housing, and preventing homelessness.

  • Eviction. Assisting families facing wrongful evictions.

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Arthur Smith, Program Officer

Arthur Smith is a Program Officer with the DC Bar Foundation, where he supports the work of the Programs team. He joined the Foundation in June of 2021 and brings with him a passion for racial justic

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Vicki Sussman, Director of Operations

Vicki Sussman joined the DC Bar Foundation in March 2021 as the Director of Operations. She has over 20 years of experience in grants management, grantmaking, and administration in nonprofit organizat