The need for affordable housing is probably the single biggest challenge facing poor people in the District, and gentrification and its consequences have only intensified the problem. Rising for Justice comes at the issue in an innovative way. Acknowledging that 90% of landlords have attorneys and only 3% of tenants do, Rising for Justice uses legal defenses to intervene in crises and prevent evictions. Homelessness prevention constitutes 70% of its work, with small claims, criminal defense cases, and juvenile justice work rounding out the docket. The idea just makes sense: law students from American, Georgetown, GW, Howard, and UDC pair up with some of DCís neediest citizens, whose incomes fall well below the poverty line. Many are female heads of households with young children or heads of extended families on public assistance or disability. The goal is to stabilize their living situations, teach them the value of asserting their rights, and create a group of young attorneys who will continue to help poor people throughout their careers. Now that's philanthropy at work.