Category Archives: benefits

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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MD Judiciary: Legal services providers can now link unrepresented litigants to live chat

Services are available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lawyers will answer questions about civil District and Circuit Court matters including landlord and tenant, family law (divorce, custody, child support, guardianship, name change), small and large claims, … Continue reading

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Welfare reform turns 20 in Maryland

By Michelle Madaio In October 1996, Maryland adopted new laws for providing cash assistance to families in need (following Congress enacting the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in August 1996). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (in Maryland called … Continue reading

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A young woman, now jobless, gets higher benefits with HPRP’s help

A 22-year-old Baltimore woman who lost both her part-time jobs is now getting higher food stamp benefits, thanks to her HPRP attorney. The client, a participant in the One Baltimore for Jobs program (where she’s training to become a biotechnical … Continue reading

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Full service-connected payments restored for homeless veteran

A homeless veteran had his stolen service-connected disability payments reimbursed and ongoing payments restored, thanks to his HPRP veteran benefits attorney. “He was trying to rebuild his life after some mistakes landed him in jail,” said Michael Stone, HPRP’s Equal … Continue reading

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Homeless mother overcomes unlawful barriers to benefits

Erica’s application for Temporary Cash Assistance was ignored for over a month. Because she had to resign from her job when she could not afford child care, she was living in an emergency homeless shelter with her 5-month-old son. She … Continue reading

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Benefits restored, a Baltimore family avoids homelessness

This week, HPRP helped a Baltimore family that was unlawfully terminated from Temporary Cash Assistance receive more than $2,000 in back benefits and $503 in monthly benefits going forward. Dawn (not her real name) and her family were terminated from … Continue reading

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Transgender Action Group celebrates 3 years of outreach & legal help

Three years ago today, HPRP and other members of the Transgender Action Group (TAG) hit the streets of Baltimore from 11 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. as part of a new bi-weekly effort to connect transgender women engaged in commercial sex … Continue reading

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After five years, a homeless disabled client finally gets her benefits

A homeless woman with chronic health problems and mental disabilities will receive about $13,000 in back Supplemental Security Income benefits and $733 each month after a judge ruled she is still disabled under adult rules. Ms. Tara had been receiving … Continue reading

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Formerly street homeless and riding the bus to sleep, this client now has a home

A 59-year-old woman who was street homeless and riding buses at night to sleep now has her own apartment thanks to her  HPRP lawyer. The woman, who was already an HPRP client on a public benefits case, had applied for … Continue reading

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