“I was being kicked out of a shelter. The first time around the Legal Clinic helped me secure my bed. The second time around she [Legal Clinic attorney] said ‘this is not right, I’m going to tell you what’s going on.’ Services I could qualify for and she set out and try to get them for me. And she also told me about some legal stuff, the rights of a human being. Basic human rights. She got me connected, introduced me to Mary Ann Luby [Legal Clinic advocate]. That’s when things started moving for me …”
~J.N., Legal Clinic client
Do any of these situations sound familiar to you?
- You’re staying in a shelter and trying to get your life together, but some of the rules, like having to be there early each day to reserve a bed, are interfering with your job.
- You’re having trouble getting documents and now the Housing Authority is threatening to stop your rent assistance.
- Even though you are not blocking a sidewalk, the police repeatedly ask you to move on or threaten to arrest you.
- You went to the hospital or doctor because you needed medical attention and now your medical bills are far too high to pay.
- You applied for Social Security disability benefits but your claim was denied.
These are just a few of the scenarios the Legal Clinic deals with on a regular basis. Although we can’t help with every kind of legal problem (for example, we do not represent people in criminal cases or cases where you are just seeking an award of money), we’re happy to speak with anyone who is caught in, or hopes to avoid, the web of homelessness.
Please contact us at 202-328-5500 to find out about our intake schedule.
Information is power.
Click on the links below to access important information about your rights. If you think your rights have been violated, contact the Legal Clinic at (202) 328-5500 to find out how to connect with an attorney.
- Request for Reasonable Accommodation
- Know Your Rights – Health Issues Flyer
- Know Your Rights – Family – Have You Lost Housing?
- Know Your Rights – Family – Do You Need Shelter?
- Know Your Rights – Family – Hypothermia
- Know Your Rights – Family – Interim Eligibility
- Know Your Rights – Single – Hypothermia
There are many different ways for you to use your voice to help improve DC’s programs and services, including joining one of the groups below. You can get additional information on our Advocate page.
People for Fairness brings people to the advocacy table who are directly impacted and want to fight for services and programs that address homelessness. Location: Miriam’s Kitchen, 2401 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC Meeting: Every Tuesday at 8:00 am
SOME Advocacy Group involves people directly impacted in SOME’s advocacy efforts. Location: SOME’s Isaiah House, 75 Hanover Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001 Meeting: Tuesday at 11:15am at Isaiah House
To learn more about who our City Leaders are and how you can contact them to advocate for the change you want to see, please click here.