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.

Rally To Increase Minimum Wage and Expand Paid Sick Days!

On October 28th, the DC Council’s Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs held an eleven hour hearing on raising DC’s minimum wage and expanding the District’s paid sick days law. The Legal Clinic testified in strong support of these … Continue reading

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Food Stamp Cuts Go Into Effect

As of today, DC households that rely on food stamps will experience a decrease in their monthly benefit amount as a result of a change in federal law. The Food Stamp program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, … Continue reading

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One of the Best…

The Legal Clinic is honored to announce our inclusion in the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of Greater Washington’s best community-based charities. We were selected to be refeatured in the 11th annual Catalogue, which has, since 2003, raised more … Continue reading

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Major Concerns With Winter Plan for Shelter

The following is testimony delivered by Scott McNeilly at today’s Winter Plan Roundtable. In addition to being a Legal Clinic staff attorney, Scott is also a member of the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) and a member of the ICH’s Operations … Continue reading

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Winter Plan Roundtable: Rough Season Ahead for Families and Youth

Today, Councilmember Jim Graham, Chair of the Committee on Human Services, is holding a public oversight roundtable on “The Winter Plan: Protecting the Lives of Homeless People in the Winter of 2013-2014.” You can tune in to the roundtable here.  … Continue reading

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