Author Archives: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

About Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless 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. Our mission is to use the law to make justice a reality for our neighbors who struggle with homelessness and poverty. Combining community lawyering and advocacy to achieve our clients’ goals, our expert staff and network of volunteer attorneys provide low barrier, comprehensive legal services at intake sites throughout the District of Columbia, helping our clients to access housing, shelter, and life-saving services. Rooted in the experiences of this 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.

Revamped Website, Same Great Blog

To our faithful blog followers: The Legal Clinic has launched a revamped website which now hosts our blog. All email subscribers will be automatically transferred over and will continue to receive email notification of new posts. If, however, you view … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Tomorrow, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year.  It’s also National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, a day of observance for those who have passed away while experiencing homelessness. Last … Continue reading

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DC Just Passed Great Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Days Bills!

We want to congratulate our allies who lead the fight for fair wages and protections for DC workers, and in so doing, have gotten us one step closer to a just and inclusive DC!  The following is cross-posted from the … Continue reading

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Thankful to Have a Home for the Holidays

In April of 2012, Charmaine Walton wrote a guest blog for us with a simple, straightforward plea: “Help me get affordable housing.” Charmaine’s story is one of strength, perseverance in the face of enormous challenge, and ultimately, of hope. With assistance … Continue reading

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No Guarantee of Shelter for Homeless Youth in Winter Plan

Last Wednesday, November 13, the Interagency Council on Homelessness convened a special meeting to discuss and vote on the addendum to the District’s Winter Plan that would guide how homeless youth should be served this winter. The Legal Clinic, along … Continue reading

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