Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Overview

The City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless (LCH) staff and volunteer attorneys provide advice, advocacy and representation to residents of homeless shelters on a variety of matters related to public benefits as well as other issues. LCH sponsors legal clinics at homeless shelters, with services provided by a partnering law firm, corporate legal department, or law students.

More than 60,000 people, including over 23,000 children, sleep in the city’s homeless shelters each night. Thousands more spend each night on the street or in abandoned buildings. New York City is expensive. The cost of housing, food, and transportation create barriers for the city’s homeless to achieve independence and stability.

LCH primarily assists homeless families and those at risk of homelessness in New York City to secure state and federal public benefits, vital tools in poverty prevention and alleviation. Project advocates contest denials and reductions of public assistance and food stamps as well as inappropriate shelter placements. They also work to ensure that homeless immigrant clients who are victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes are referred to immigration lawyers.

Lisa Pearlstein directs the Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and Estefanie Lliguichuzca is the project coordinator.

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Upcoming events
  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the Pace University Small Business Development Center, located at One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. By subway this location is accessible via the A/C to Fulton St; 2/3 to Fulton St; or 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2 or 3 to the Grand Army Plaza station. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.