|BILL KENNEDY BIO|
Bill Kennedy is the Managing Attorney of the Sacramento Office of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), a position he has held since 1990. He has a 38-year history of advocacy in legal aid programs. Bill is a litigator and has tried cases in 23 county courts, federal courts, and state and federal appellate courts. His legal work has focused primarily on civil rights, housing policy and the nexus between the two. In recent years he has moved his office to a community lawyering approach to delivery of services. He counseled local community groups on economic development, including development of affordable housing, jobs, childcare and transportation.
In Sacramento, he has provided the legal support for the development of more than 500 units of single-family homes affordable to families earning as little as $20,000 per year; the creation of childcare centers in low income neighborhoods; the creation of the most successful welfare to work one-stop centers in the region, placing participants into jobs averaging $9.50 per hour with benefits; the creation of highly successful community Earned Income Tax Credit projects, linked to individual development accounts; developed more than 290 transitional housing units, in some cases leveraging surplus federal properties to do so; and is one of the founding board members of the Quinn Cottages, a transitional housing program designed by the homeless that has in the past 5 years successfully moved sixteen families from homelessness to homeownership. Mr. Kennedy is also one of the architects of the Race Equity Project that seeks to put the tools of race-conscious advocacy in the hands of community-level activists.
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