Category Archives: poverty

Baltimore Co. signs agreement with HUD to end decades of housing discrimination

Earlier this week, Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., the NAACP of Baltimore Co., three residents of Baltimore Co. and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development announced an agreement with Baltimore Co. to begin unwinding decades of housing discrimination against African … Continue reading

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With help from his pro bono lawyer, a client secures a $50,000 inheritance

A 90-year-old Silver Spring man recently recovered nearly $50,000 with the help of Michael J. Goecke, his HPRP pro bono attorney.  The man had come to the Shepherd’s Table civil legal clinic, which is regularly staffed by lawyers from Lerch … Continue reading

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Victory for our Neighbors who are Homeless this Winter!

As a result of HPRP’s tireless advocacy on behalf of Baltimore’s homeless people, Baltimore City overflow shelters will open at 32 degrees – not at the 0-degree threshold the City had proposed (as reported in the Baltimore Brew and the … 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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“Desperately poor” client gets help from her HPRP team (and a $6,000 tax refund!)

A “desperately poor” Takoma Park mother had her significant tax and public benefit problems solved after a team of HPRP volunteers pitched in to help. The icing on the cake? With the help of a volunteer accountant, the client refiled … Continue reading

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From hungry to housed (with HPRP’s help)

Sandra (not her real name) became homeless after she lost her job. She and her two small children moved into a homeless shelter, where she met HPRP staff attorney Michelle Salomon. Sandra had no food or income, even though she … Continue reading

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Meet Owen Bement, HPRP volunteer and law student

Owen Bement, a first-year student at the University of Baltimore School of Law, volunteers a few hours a week at the HPRP office, where he helps with office work such as organizing volunteers’ files and calling clients. “I definitely believe … Continue reading

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Homeless after a fire and denied benefits, a client gets help from HPRP

Only a few weeks before staff attorney Michelle Salomon met her, the client was living in a home with her family and working full-time. “But when a fire burned down their home, it left the family with nothing but each … Continue reading

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Woman’s housing saved by her HPRP legal team

After a Baltimore woman was forced to relocate quickly when her housing unit became uninhabitable due to severe leaks, she was abruptly terminated from the Shelter Plus Care housing subsidy program in a notice that alleged her relocation was an … Continue reading

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A client’s bumpy road to getting public benefits: A case study

A homeless mother and her children are now receiving public benefits, thanks to their HPRP lawyer. But the process was not quick or easy for the client. She completed an online application for TCA, food stamps and Medical Assistance. Although … Continue reading

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