"My reentry, and having University Legal Services assisting me with it, has been, for the most part, very good. Anything that I needed help with, whether it was helping with the process of SSI, or assisting me with where I can find permanent housing, to helping me with transportation cost, they (University Legal Services) have been there eager in there assistance of my needs. I am very happy to have found University Legal Services."
Mr. Robert Corcoran, a 67- year old man with an intellectual disability, was living in a park when DRDC staff first met him.
Miriam’s Kitchen, a local social service organization, reached out to DRDC for help to navigate the application process to receive services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). The fact that Mr. RC had no supporting documentation, not even a birth certificate, complicated matters.
DRDC worked closely with Mr Corcoran and with Miriam’s Kitchen to shepherd a successful application through DDA. Mr. Corcoran moved into a respite placement just days before the New Year arrived in 2016. He now lives in a shared apartment and pursues an interest in art three days per week.
"I came to University Legal Services down and out from prison. But thanks to Mrs. Curtrice Scott and the ULS staff my life has taken a turn for the better. I thought the rain would never stop. Well, the storm is over and I’m moving into my own. It feels amazing. Thank you ULS for your support and inspiration and keep up the good work."
ULS Success Story – Minnesota Gardens Apartments Tenant Purchase.
During late 2015, tenants at the 48-unit Minnesota Gardens Apartments received notices that their landlord, Mr. William Pringle, whose family owned the property since it was built in the 1940’s, was selling the property. The tenants immediately formed a tenants association to exercise their rights under the DC Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act so tenants could purchase the property and preserve it as affordable housing in the gentrifying Fort Dupont neighborhood in SE DC. In February 2016, the tenants hired the development consulting team of University Legal Services and Martha Davis to help the tenants form a housing cooperative and obtain financing to buy and renovate the building. After obtaining loans from City First Bank, the National Housing Trust, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Cooperative purchased the building on December 28, 2016, and then, on June 28, 2017, closed on a 40-year affordable housing loan with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. Next, during 2018, the Cooperative will renovate the building with a focus on roof repairs, upgraded electrical systems, kitchen renovations, and energy efficiency improvements.