Chuck Elsesser is an attorney with the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services, specializing in representing community organization involved in affordable housing litigation and policy advocacy. He has more than 30 years of experience initially in California and, for the past 12 years, in Florida advocating on behalf of low-income tenants and homeowners. In his current position, his work has focused on protecting low-income homeowners’ and tenants’ against displacement. Most recently, he has been involved in advocacy on behalf of resident organizations, protecting existing affordable housing from loss through the expiration of rent restrictions, rapid gentrification or demolition. He has assisted resident organizations that were challenging decisions by HUD permitting owners of federally subsidized housing to prepay a federally insured mortgage. Chuck has also been active in assisting Public Housing resident organizations attempting to gain input and influence in the HOPE VI process.