Preventing and Ending Homelessness by Removing Legal Barriers: A Partnership Taking Best Practice to Scale

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While housing, employment and other supportive services are critical to prevent and end homelessness, the reality is legal barriers such as bad credit, unpaid child support, unpaid fines and tickets, outstanding warrants and criminal records present a hard stop that only a lawyer or the court can address. Additionally, lawyers can secure benefits and enforce rights that otherwise go unnoticed. Lastly, lawyers add tremendous value to legislative efforts on the national, state and local levels—securing desperately needed funding from legislators to propel philanthropic efforts forward. Hear how the Homeless Persons Representation Project in Baltimore serves clients experiencing homelessness—including veterans and  youth in Baltimore and across the state, and learn about their role in informing national efforts with the American Bar Association, Equal Justice Works and federal partners to “cover the map” with legal services for vulnerable populations by promoting best practices that produce tangible results.

Moderator

Amy Horton-Newell, JD, Director, American Bar Association Center for Public Interest Law, Washington, DC

Guest Presenters

Antonia Fasanelli, JD, Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representation, Baltimore, MD

Debbie Powell, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Selena Hunn, Senior Program Manager, Equal Justice Works