Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
WISH LIST: $100: "site kits" to assist volunteer attorneys at 3 intake sites; $500: 1 training session for 40 volunteer attorneys; $1,000: 10 Know-Your-Rights trainings to educate homeless clients
Every night in DC, nearly 6,000 people have nowhere to sleep – and half of them are chronically homeless. Tapping into the generosity and skill of the local legal pool, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless seeks to prevent and end homelessness through legal aid, education, and advocacy. Meeting with clients at seven sites (including shelters and soup kitchens), staff lawyers and over 200 volunteers offer direct representation at no cost for legal and civil proceedings. WLCH also ensures that housing agencies and legislation respect the rights of homeless and low-income families, that shelters are handicapped-accessible and well-maintained; and that homeless services provide a safety net for severe weather or medical crises. WLCH offers employment rights workshops to shelter residents, making certain that they have the support necessary to find a job and continually advocates for affordable housing and rental properties. WLCH served nearly 1,300 clients last year and their case load continues to grow. With your help, they will see that each individual has a strong voice -- in court and in the community.
Patricia Mullahy Fugere
1200 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009