Category Archives: advocacy

Paving the way for veterans’ discharge upgrades

HPRP volunteer attorney Jim Richardson (center), our go-to expert on veteran discharge upgrades, stopped by the office yesterday to help review discharge upgrade cases before we assign them to pro bono attorneys. Jim is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. … Continue reading

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With his lawyer’s help, a homeless veteran starts “a new beginning”

A homeless Baltimore veteran is now entitled to health care benefits and received an 80-percent, service-connected disability rating, thanks to Swapna Yeluri, his HPRP attorney. The 41-year-old man (who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome) currently resides in a homeless shelter. … Continue reading

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A disabled woman and her family will get public housing

A disabled and homeless Baltimore woman and her young family were granted a “reasonable accommodation” request with the help of her HPRP lawyer. The story: The Housing Authority of Baltimore City informed the woman that she was not eligible for … Continue reading

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Melissa Loomis joins HPRP

HPRP welcomes Melissa Loomis, who recently joined our staff  as a staff attorney for the One Baltimore for Jobs (1B4J) project. She will be focused on helping clients at Baltimore City job training centers obtain expungement of their criminal records. … Continue reading

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With the help of his pro bono attorney, a veteran gets a tenfold increase in benefits

With HPRP’s help, a veteran who suffered a knee injury while serving in the U.S. Army in the 1980s saw his monthly disability payments increase more than ten times, along with a six-figure retroactive award! “In June 2008, he had … Continue reading

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HPRP welcomes Jasmyn Harrington

HPRP welcomes Jasmyn Harrington, who this week joined our staff as a housing attorney. Jasmyn comes from Housing Counseling Services in Washington, D.C., where she assisted in forming and organizing tenants’ associations, as well as helping low-income tenants understand their … Continue reading

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“Eviction in Baltimore” with WYPR’s Sheilah Kast features HPRP’s Karen Wabeke

Baltimore ranks second in the country – behind Detroit – in the number of tenants threatened with eviction. In any given year, about 6 percent of Baltimore’s renters are evicted; most likely of all to face eviction are black women … Continue reading

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