Your gift today will help end homelessness! Last year, HPRP helped more than 1,500 men, women and children get off the streets and into a home. We fight housing injustice and prejudice, help veterans receive their hard-earned benefits, and work to remove legal barriers to stable housing, reliable income, and steady employment.
We all want to be home
Vulnerable men, women, and children can become homeless when life challenges such as unemployment, living precariously on low wages and/or illness take their toll. HPRP provides free legal services, advice, counsel, education representation and advocacy for low-income Maryland residents.
Beth is a veteran of the United States Air Force. She has several serious medical conditions which worsened over the years and made it impossible for her to keep working. Beth eventually became homeless with no income, living in a shelter in Baltimore City. An HPRP attorney represented Beth in her claim for VA service-connected benefits and she was awarded a 90% disability rating resulting in a back award of $16,000 and monthly benefits of $1,689. Another HPRP attorney also represented Beth in her administrative hearing for disability benefits at the Social Security Administration. Beth won her hearing and was awarded back benefits of $23,000 and monthly benefits of $871. Beth now has a monthly income of over $2,500 and she is no longer homeless.
Join us and our dedicated team of staff and volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and students as we fight to end homelessness in Maryland. It's a big goal, only achievable when we band together as a community and take action.
HPRP makes a difference
A veteran suffered a knee injury while serving in the U.S. Army in the 1980s. In 2008, he had a partial knee replacement. He spent more than two years in physical therapy, followed by a second surgery in 2010. He was unable to work, and the Social Security Administration determined him to be totally disabled.
Despite filing a ‘Notice of Disagreement,’ the VA failed to review the veteran’s claim, while his financial circumstances, not to mention his physical and emotional health, deteriorated. Nearly three years after his original claim was submitted to the VA, he came to HPRP for help.
After extensive work by HPRP and volunteer attorney Paul Spence, the VA recognized its error and increased the veteran’s monthly benefits to almost $3,000. He also received an award of $188,000 in benefits retroactive to the date of his original claim. “This vet now has the financial means to secure his home, reorder his finances and move forward with a stable and dignified life,” Paul said.
“So, tonight’s going to be my last night being homeless?,” asked Mr. G. “Yes!” was the answer of Mr. G’s HPRP attorney. Mr. G had been homeless for more than a year after he was wrongfully evicted from public housing for nonpayment of rent, even though he owed no rent. Without a lawyer to explain the landlord’s mistake, Mr. G did not know how to defend himself. He lost of all his personal belongings in the eviction and became homeless. When he was able to connect with HPRP, the housing team immediately stepped in to help. His HPRP attorney restored his public housing and is now working to get his rental and credit history corrected.
An HPRP attorney met Susan and her young daughter when Susan was in a job training program. Her only source of income during her training, temporary cash assistance (TCA) of $503 a month, had been terminated twice in three months by the Department of Social Services (DSS). Without TCA benefits, Susan was at risk of losing her home and losing the training credits she had earned.
Her HPRP attorney filed two appeals, arguing that Susan’s benefits were wrongly terminated. As a result, Susan’s benefits were fully restored. She was able to stay in her home, take care of her daughter, and complete the training program. Susan now has a permanent job in the biosciences field that pays $16 an hour – 5 times more than she was receiving in TCA benefits.
Thanks to you, HPRP helped more than 1,500 men, women and children resolve legal issues this year and change their lives.
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A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request by contacting the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1104, Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone: 410-685-6589. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401 for the cost of copying and postage.