The lack of affordable housing is a growing problem in the United States, and Washington, D.C. is no exception. Gentrification in the area poses a critical threat to low-income longtime residents, often forcing residents to live in sub-par housing.
Washington, D.C. partner Brian Busey made it a personal commitment to fight for the families in the area who are struggling to provide for one of life’s most basic needs.
Brian, along with Washington, D.C. associate Paul Varnado, works closely with the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center to supervise pro bono cases ranging from eviction to rent disputes. “You need counsel to exercise your rights as tenant,” says Paul.
Although Brian and Paul know they cannot singlehandedly solve the affordable housing crisis, they know their work is making a difference.
“We’re trying to right the imbalance between the leverage of the landlord and the typical lower-income, underrepresented tenant,” says Brian. “It’s trying to make a difference, case by case.”