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Dara

DRM represented “Dara,” a young woman with mental illness who lives in a supportive housing program. The program terminated Dara’s lease after she intervened in a fight to protect a friend who was being assaulted in her building. DRM investigated and found that the building, which serves young adults who are formerly homeless or aging out of foster care, was very chaotic because the program had stopped providing building security, and Dara’s case manager was refusing to intervene when she asked for help or indicated she did not feel safe. DRM was able to negotiate a solution whereby the supportive housing program allowed Dara to move to an independent apartment of her choosing with continued rental assistance. DRM also advocated for the program to train its staff about the principles of trauma informed care.