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About HPRPThe Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. (HPRP), founded in 1987 and separately incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1990, provides free legal services to and advocacy on behalf of a primarily Baltimore City-based population of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. HPRP’s mission is to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for low-income persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Guided by a profound understanding of our clients’ barriers to accessing traditional legal services, HPRP staff and volunteers honor and accommodate these roadblocks by directly serving clients where they live, eat, and spend time. HPRP staff and volunteers meet with clients in the community – shelters, public benefit offices, soup kitchens, the streets, community meetings – and in the HPRP office. Direct representation informs broader-based systemic advocacy and impact litigation to address the root causes of homelessness.
Category Archives: pro bono
Swapna Yeluri, HPRP’s director of pro bono programs, was one of three “outstanding legal luminaries” honored by the Roger Williams University School of Law as a Champion of Justice. Swapna, a 2007 RWU Law graduate, was recognized for her “impact … Continue reading
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
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
HPRP honored its top six volunteers at a reception earlier this week at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Two outstanding attorneys, an outstanding law firm and an outstanding company, and two outstanding volunteer law students were presented original … Continue reading
HPRP’s Pro Bono Program continues to play an essential educating role on the changes to the expungement law that went into effect last fall. This is especially true for rural counties around Maryland. For example, the State’s Attorney of Worcester … Continue reading
Swapna Yeluri joined HPRP last month as Director of Pro Bono Programs. Prior to joining HPRP, Swapna developed and ran a pro bono veterans’ project at Maryland Legal Aid. Swapna is also the current treasurer of the Veterans’ Affairs and … Continue reading
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
A 48-year-old unemployed man in East Baltimore is no longer walking around with a “fugitive from justice” tag—and now has a much better chance of finding a job, thanks to Sara Gross, his HPRP pro bono lawyer. Sara was successful … Continue reading
On October 1, Maryland’s expungement law changed, allowing more crimes to be cleared from criminal records (and eliminate significant barriers to employment and housing). HPRP and its partners reported excellent attendance at the expungement clinic held earlier this week at … Continue reading
HPRP pro bono attorney Peter Coleman helped an unemployed man expunge six criminal charges from his record. Now, the 42-year-old client is a much better candidate for finding housing and a job.