Shortly after graduating college, Ian Jackson and his roommates ran into an issue with their landlord. Frustrated and unsure how to proceed, they reached out to student legal services for guidance. After meeting with a legal assistant, they took the issue to small claims court and won their case. “That experience inspired me to go to law school,” Ian says. “That feeling of empowerment was something I wanted to be able to offer to other people—more agency in their own lives, facing their own challenges.”
As a Fellowship Attorney in LAF’s Housing Practice Group, Ian now works directly with people in poverty to ensure they have a safe, affordable place to live. “Having a decent, stable place to live is one of the basic foundations of life,” he says. And with a stable foundation, individuals and families can build better, healthier lives. “It’s often a stepping stone for people to move in a different direction with their lives or recover from a setback, or take steps to move forward with various goals for themselves and their families.”
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