Category Archives: poverty

In Gratitude, Solidarity, and Hope: Reflections on Progress toward Ending Youth Homelessness in Maryland

The Thanksgiving holiday, which happens to fall during National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, is an opportunity for thoughtful reflection. At the Homeless Persons Representation Project, we are acutely aware that many young people in Maryland are without family or a … Continue reading

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Street homeless and disabled, she now gets benefits and has health insurance

A disabled, street homeless woman in her mid-50s is receiving $185 a month in benefits and now has health insurance, thanks to her own advocacy efforts and those of her HPRP lawyer. Staff attorney Michelle Salomon met the client in … Continue reading

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Nossaman LLP joins the HPRP annual campaign

HPRP executive director Antonia Fasanelli  and HPRP board president Irving Walker were the speakers at a breakfast meeting yesterday at the Washington, D.C. offices of Nossaman LLP. The topic: “Using the Legal Profession to End Homelessness in Maryland.” Administrative Partner … Continue reading

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From homeless to homeowner: “It does happen”

Ruth Callejas, a U.S. Air Force veteran, moved from Virginia to Baltimore in the beginning of 2012 because she heard that Baltimore City had better long-term services for homeless veterans. Two and a half years later, Callejas is taking out … Continue reading

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Robin Williams on homelessness (by Matthew Weisberg)

This was Robin Williams giving testimony to a competing bill related to amending the McKinney-Vento Act in 1990. (Click on the photo to watch.) Also, two other cultural items of note–during the time that he was lobbying, Williams also starred … Continue reading

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HPRP summer law clerk Robert Goodis: “A truly exceptional experience”

As a rising third-year law student at American University’s Washington College of Law, I pursued a summer internship with HPRP to gain practical public interest experience in a fast-paced environment. My immersion as a public benefits law clerk has given … Continue reading

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YEA report release and press conference Aug. 12

  To mark the release of a report by the Youth Equality Alliance (YEA) on the challenges LGBTQ youth  face in Maryland education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems, a press conference will be held 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12th at the Enoch … Continue reading

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Meet summer intern Chris Sweeney

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Governor signs homelessness bills into law

This past Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley signed several bills on the issue of homelessness – HB 813 (creation of joint committee on homelessness), SB 796 (creation of interagency council on homelessness), and HB 794 (establishment of unaccompanied homeless youth demonstration … Continue reading

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22-year-old mother builds stability with HPRP’s help

A 22-year old mother who has struggled with homelessness since the age of 18 is steadily building stability with HPRP’s support –  and a lot of perseverance.  “I am so proud of the gains she has made in the past … Continue reading

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