Rooted in the experiences of our client work, we effectively blend system reform efforts, policy advocacy, community education and client engagement to advocate for long term improvements in local and federal programs that serve the low- and no-income community.
The District of Columbia has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country. The 2012 Homeless Enumeration, sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) in January 2012, found that more than 6,900 District residents were homeless, more than 45% of whom were living in families. The Enumeration further found that the number of homeless families in the District increased to 1014, a more than 70 percent increase since 2008.
For 25 years, we have listened to these individuals and families talk about their needs, their frustrations, and their dreams. Our faithful presence to our clients has helped them move their lives to a better place... a place to call home.
What we do:
Challenge shelter denials and expulsionsAssist veterans in securing benefits and housingContest adverse decisions regarding disability benefitsBattle discrimination against people with disabilitiesAppeal terminations of public assistanceHelp clients access permanent affordable housingPrevent homelessness by helping tenants fight against displacementAdvocate for policies that support a strong safety net
Mission: The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless was founded in 1987 to break down barriers to access to justice for people struggling with homelessness in the nation's capital. The Legal Clinic envisions a just and inclusive community for all residents of the District of Columbia, where housing is a human right and where every individual and family has equal access to the resources they need to thrive.
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