Legal Aid Staff Addresses Housing Issues on Univision
An important local resource for our Spanish-speaking community is TV's Univision Channel 14, and in recent weeks, Legal Aid Housing Coordinator Andreina Leon, and Directing Attorney Shirley Gibson, have been important contributors for Univision stories focusing on housing issues.
One segment focused on the increase in fear throughout the immigrant community of new and draconian enforcement and deportation policies. Though few such changes have actually taken place yet, "we have seen an alarming increase in racial/immigration status discrimination felt by tenants since the election," says Andreina, a fear that can be exploited by landlords wishing to pressure tenants to accept rent increases, or eviction, without formal legal process.
Andreina also provided commentary on a recent Univision story about unfit living conditions for low-income renters.
"We spoke about the right tenants have to a safe and habitable home which includes repairs and standard maintenance no matter their status or how much, or little, they're paying. We informed them of the steps they should take to document habitability problems and how to contact their local building inspectors."