Preserving Deanwood Vacant Properties Taskforce
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Posted by: Bradford Voegeli
In the 2013 Spring Semester, the Community Development Law Clinic (CDLC) continued its mission to assist nonprofit organizations and small businesses and to preserve affordable housing in Washington, DC. Among their several accomplishments this past semester, CDLC student attorneys prepared two charitable organizations’ applications for federal tax-exempt status; advised clients on their trademark rights and filed for federal protection; helped an entrepreneur to form a sustainable agriculture business; and counseled a housing cooperative through the final steps before a sale and renovation of the property.
CDLC Instructor and LL.M. Fellow Bradford Voegeli, in collaboration with attorneys from the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, convened the "Preserving Deanwood” Vacant Properties Taskforce. The taskforce is a coalition of community leaders, residents, activists, and service providers in Ward 7 neighborhoods, east of the Anacostia River. The taskforce catalogues, surveys, and investigates the ownership status of vacant, blighted, and otherwise distressed homes. After identifying these properties, the taskforce works with city agencies to ensure that they are maintained safely, securely, and in compliance with mandatory standards. In performing this work, the taskforce creates opportunities for residents to participate and share broader concerns about conditions and development in the community. The ultimate goal of the project is to return homes back to productive use and preserve the housing of current residents.
The CDLC looks forward to an eventful summer and expects a successful 2013 Fall Semester. Photos can be viewed on Flickr.