“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

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.

Give us a call!

Dial 202-328-5500 to find out about our intake schedule, and the types of cases we can help with.

    • You can meet one-on-one with a Legal Clinic volunteer attorney to discuss your legal matter.
    • Volunteer attorneys may be able to provide free representation or a referral.
    • Call the Legal Clinic to make sure that a volunteer will be at the intake session you plan to attend.
    • When you attend intake, please arrive 10 minutes before the session starts, and bring all documents related to your legal issue. 

Click here for a list of intake sites and locations where Legal Clinic volunteer lawyers meet clients.

You may want to speak with a Legal Clinic Volunteer Attorney if…

      • 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.

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

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.