HOMELESS ADVOCACY PROGRAM

Val's Place of Hope collaborates with shelter providers, homeless advocates, community service providers and the legal community to provide homeless clients with legal representation and to connect them with other social services. We currently hold legal clinics at several homeless shelters, transitional housing sites, overnight cafes and soup kitchens.

Homeless individuals lead transient, unstable lives, and are often debilitated by mental illness, substance abuse, and inadequate education. They frequently lack an understanding of their legal rights and the ability to make effective use of the network of advocacy and service organizations that are available to assist them. Living in crisis, often without income or resources, homeless persons are less likely, and less able, than other indigent clients to make use of legal services programs.