#WestsideOnTheRise Feature: Meet the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Check out this video from the Arthur M. Blank Familly Foundation on community partner the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation!

A critical component of the Westside transformation work is to help families thrive, and without affordable housing that is safe, stable, and allows for a healthy environment, that cannot happen. Schools cannot thrive if students and their families face unstable housing and deplorable conditions.

The Blank Foundation recently awarded a $200,000 grant to Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation to help provide a space where Westside tenants feel empowered to stand up for healthy rental conditions or to stop an undeserved eviction.

Meet Robyn Cochran, a resident of English Avenue, working with AVLF.

About the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation:

The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc., (AVLF) was created in 1979 through the joint efforts of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, and the Gate City Bar Association. AVLF is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Greater Atlanta. For over 35 years, we have promoted access to justice by inspiring volunteer attorneys to provide high-quality education, advocacy, and representation at no charge to low-income families with basic civil legal needs at critical times in their lives. Our programs include services for domestic violence survivors, landlord/tenant disputes, evictions, unpaid wages, and probate issues.

About AVLF’s Standing with Our Neighbors program:

This place-based program seeks to overhaul the typical legal services model in favor of something more accessible and equitable. This program partners Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation with schools and other community allies to focus AVLF’s volunteer resources on improving living conditions and housing stability in low-income neighborhoods – all to improve resident health, reduce school enrollment turnover, and enhance student attendance and performance. All program staff is embedded within neighborhoods to stop housing instability early and work as a first responder when problems do arise. By managing the immediate housing needs of students, AVLF is able to stabilize a family. And when you stabilize a family, you stabilize a school, not to mention the whole community.

Message from AVLF: