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Homeless Advocacy Project

1429 Walnut Street, 15th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

215-523-9595 1-800-837-2672 (phone)
215-523-9599 (fax)
  • 215-523-9595
  • To provide free civil legal services to homeless individuals and families in Philadelphia.
  • Income guidelines: LSC income eligibility; Geographic guidelines: Philadelphia area; Other guidelines: homelessness
  • Intake is done at regularly scheduled legal clinics, homeless
    shelters and soup kitchens. If a client calls HAP for intake, s/he will receive an appointment for intake at a legal clinic. Phone calls are taken M – F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Legal services for the homeless, with an understanding of the multiple legal problems and social issues of homeless people. The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) assists homeless clients with civil matters including: Benefits; Commercial/Credit; Education; Employment; Family Law; Health Care; Emergency Shelter/Housing; Property; Records; and Trusts/Estates.
    HAP also provides referrals to social services for homeless persons.
  • Direct civil legal services for homeless individuals and families.

    Legal Clinics at shelters and soup kitchens inform homeless people of their legal rights and provide representation. Volunteers conduct the initial interviews and see the case through to its conclusion.

    Adopt a Shelter Program: HAP provides training and support to attorneys at firm/legal departments who agree to staff one of HAP’s legal clinics at a shelter on a regular basis.

    Children and Families Project: HAP provides representation to homeless children and their families I the following legal matters: special education, children’s SSI, TANF benefits, child
    custody and support. HAP holds their clinics in 8 shelters located throughout Philadelphia.
  • Marsha Cohen, Esq.
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