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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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  • 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 Deputy Executive Director & Managing Attorney, 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 family 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 a home 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 quickly experience homelessness. 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 me what they’ve been going through and allowing them to 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 Team Leader ​ 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 ) Lauren Rafter Housing Attorney & Young Adult Team Leader, CPLP ​ ​ Lauren is a full-time member of the CPLP staff. Her 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 getting legal assistance (lauren@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​ 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) Colorado Mobile Home Residents Alliance (COMHRA) African Leadership Group B-Konnected Fuerza Latina La Familia The Initiative Dry Bones Enterprise Community Partners

  • Monthly Pro Bono Legal Clinic | Colorado Poverty Law Project

    Monthly pro bono Legal Clinic CPLP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to recruit, educate, support, and coordinate volunteer attorneys to participate in our monthly pro bono legal clinics. Our walk-in legal clinics are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless -- Stout Street Health Center, located at 2130 Stout St. in Denver, Colorado. ​ Due to Covid-19, we are also hosting our legal clinics via Zoom, and interested participants can register on our Events page to attend the clinic virtually. Volunteer attorneys provide a range of civil legal services to attendees, including answering on-the-spot questions, referrals, and resources. If you need assistance with a mobile home-related issue, we may be able to help: Contact us by emailing contact@copovertylawproject.org Attend our legal clinic on the third Wednesday of each month from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Fill out our online intake form ​ Intake Form Form. en español # Get Help! Visit the Events page and c lick the RSVP button to register.

  • Get Help | Colorado Poverty Law Project

    Get Help Complete Our Intake Form Instructions: Use if you have a housing related issue and would like to request free legal assistance For Housing-related assistance only (attend our Monthly Legal Clinic for non-housing issues) Income restrictions may apply Sign Up for our Next Legal Clinic For all types of legal assistance Talk to a lawyer for free over Zoom Income restrictions may apply Questions? Contact us at contact@copovertylawproject.org Sign up Today! Resources Housing ​ State FAQ about housing, evictions, and where to find support ​ The Colorado Division of Housing’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program ​ The Colorado Apartment Association’s Resident Relief Foundation ​ Dispute Resolution process for mobile home residents ​ Regional Housing Help from the Colorado Apartment Association ​ CLS Video Guide to Apply for ERAP Rental Assistance ​ FAQ on the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act ("ITPA") ​ Warranty of Habitability Flow Chart ​ Warranty of Habitability Summary ​ Mobile Homes ​ Know Your Rights Mobile Home Park Evictions ​ Know Your Rights Mobile Home Park Landlord Obligations ​ Know Your Rights Mobile Home Park Act Overview ​ Know Your Rights Mobile Home Park Sales ​ Know Your Rights Mobile Home Parks & Retaliation General Support ​ Call 2-1-1 or visit 211colorado.org to get help with rent, food, utilities and other bills. ​ Apply for TANF ​ Apply for food assistance Resources from 9 to 5 Colorado ​ ​ COVID-19 and Evictions COVID-19 Eviction Forms. Fill out the CDC Declaration here and provide to your landlord. A Colorado Tenant’s Guide to COVID-19

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