Beyond the Bumper Sticker

Published: June 21, 2019   |   No Comments  |  Read more

What’s wrong with random acts of kindness? Don’t they brighten a stranger’s day? The problem is that our needs, and our suffering, are not all the same.

Many Tables

Published: February 28, 2019   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Where community members gather to debate issues and make plans that affect tenants and survivors, AVLF is often at the table.

Housing Justice is Racial Justice

Published: August 26, 2018   |   No Comments  |  Read more

COLE THALER | August 28, 2018 The word “race” does not appear in AVLF’s mission statement or vision statement, but there’s no question that the work we do on behalf of low-income tenants is racial justice work. Here’s why. 1. Housing inequality in Atlanta is not race-neutral. In a 2016 paper, the Federal Reserve Bank […]

Lawyers Are Not Enough

Published: July 25, 2018   |   No Comments  |  Read more

We change lives one courtroom at a time, and the law is our tool. But the fight for housing justice will never be won by lawyers alone.

Unnatural Disasters: When Tenants Lose Everything

Published: May 22, 2018   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Every day in Atlanta, landlords carry out illegal evictions. They toss their tenants out without the benefit of court filings or a hearing, often because rent is a few days late. Most of the tenants who call AVLF have no prior warning of these “self-help” evictions. They simply return home to find that their key no longer fits in the lock, and peer through their own windows to see that all of their belongings have been removed or ransacked.

Letter From Leadership: Breaking Boundaries Between Attorneys and Clients

Published: September 6, 2017   |   No Comments  |  Read more

Today, as an attorney working on behalf of low-income clients facing housing instability, there is something sanitized about my profession and my persona.  When I meet with clients, I presume that I can access all kinds of personal information about them – but that they will not learn anything about me.  I am neutral, unmarked, The Professional – not a human being with personality quirks, and certainly not a human being with a first-hand experience of poverty. Perhaps attorneys have more in common with our clients than we are used to looking for.  And perhaps sharing those stories, forging those connections, is worth the risk of letting our professional masks drop.