Legal Services of Greater Miami is pleased to announce a partnership with Wells Fargo through their Housing Stability Grant, an initiative in response to keeping people in their homes due to COVID. As a leader in creative, aggressive advocacy to defend and enforce tenants’ rights, this partnership will allow us to expand our innovative work by adding a new staff attorney to increase our ability to respond to the expected tidal wave of COVID-19 evictions and threat of evictions with so many people out of work and unable to pay rent.
Sha’Tarria Davis joins the Tenants’ Rights team in this staff attorney role whose primary focus will be eviction defense work. She will work to expand the high-volume direct representation of tenants facing eviction, including illegal evictions where the landlord changes the locks or shuts off the tenant’s utilities and filing affirmative actions against slumlords to ensure a tenant has decent, safe housing, and making sure tenants have access to and can keep rental subsidies. Additionally, Davis will engage in systemic advocacy to advance tenants’ rights, and work to inform and empower tenants through educational workshops and outreach programs.
After graduating from St. Thomas University School of Law, Davis worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade and advocated on behalf of indigent individuals in our community. According to Davis, “this work is important because we are dealing with an unprecedented economic and health crisis caused by COVID-19, and families should not be worried about being thrown into the streets or forced to live in crowded shelters when stay at home orders and social distancing are precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Housing is one of the most basic necessities of life and through this work we aim to empower tenants and keep as many families safe within their homes as we work together through this pandemic as a country.”
“Wells Fargo has come through for our Miami-Dade County neighbors,” said Monica Vigues-Pitan. “This multi-year grant will ensure we have additional support to help keep tenants in their homes now and next year when the eviction moratorium concludes. We are ready, and this is thanks, in part, to Wells Fargo.” Wells Fargo and Legal Services both recognize the importance of housing stability for tenants, and through this project are committed to help our most vulnerable neighbors live in safe, decent housing and thrive in the community.