This week the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) conducted a legal clinic on the second floor of the Inn for our guests. These clinics are scheduled on a regular bases for our guests. They provide free legal assistance with a variety of legal matters including child custody, credit issues, landlord-tenant and public benefits. However, they cannot provide representation in criminal matters.
The Homeless Advocacy Project was founded in the believe that homeless people have unique and complex legal problems that often are not adequately addressed by traditional providers of legal services to indigent and low-income individuals. To ensure that homeless people had access to legal services, HAP’s founders created an organization in 1990 designed to deliver legal services directly to them in the places where they live and eat. Since its inception, HAP has conducted legal clinics in shelters and soup kitchens throughout Philadelphia. HAP is the only legal service organization in Philadelphia that conducts such direct outreach to the homeless population.