Programs + Services
HPRP is Maryland's only legal services and advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness.
Our staff and volunteers provide free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for low-income persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Pursuing systemic solutions to homelessness is also a critical part of HPRP's work.
In our community-based legal program, HPRP’s staff and volunteers deliver legal services through outreach in shelters, soup kitchens, welfare offices, community centers and the street.
While we may not be able to provide direct legal representation or assistance in all cases, we are committed to supporting our community however we can. We may be able to offer referrals, point you towards resources, or at least provide a listening ear. Please do not hesitate to contact us to see how we may be able to work with you.
The Homeless Persons Representation Project begins the process of providing legal advice or representation with an intake conducted over the phone. Please call us at (410) 685-6589 if you are seeking legal assistance. If you would prefer to contact us by mail, our address is 201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1400, Baltimore, MD 21201.
HPRP cannot respond to individual requests for legal assistance nor provide legal advice through this website or via email.
HPRP represents families and individuals in appeals to obtain and preserve state disability, welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, veterans’ and other benefits. By increasing access to public benefits, people are able to access basic human needs: food, health, and adequate shelter. Greater income security also creates more economic activity in the communities where people live.
HPRP attorneys represent tenants of federally subsidized housing in court eviction proceedings and in administrative hearings with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City to prevent homelessness. For persons already homeless, HPRP attorneys represent families and individuals in their attempts to access or preserve shelter and housing.
Veterans Legal Assistance
The Veterans Legal Assistance Project (VLAP) helps veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness obtain critical VA disability benefits, other federal and state disability benefits, and discharge upgrades. VLAP operates a legal clinic twice-monthly at the VA Medical Center in downtown Baltimore and rotating legal clinics in rural counties.
Homeless Youth Initiative
Providing outreach, legal representation, and advocacy for and with homeless youth ages 13 to 25 who are unaccompanied by a parent or guardian in Baltimore City. The initiative operates three community-based legal clinics, one at a youth drop-in center and the others at educational/job training programs. Legal representation is provided in the areas of public benefits, housing, and expungement of criminal records as well as family law, consumer law, landlord-tenant, and name change matters.
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HPRP attorneys work to eliminate restrictions on employment and housing for certain persons with criminal records by representing
homeless people in proceedings to expunge records of charges that result in non-conviction (e.g. where the prosecutor refuses to prosecute), advocating for expansion of statutory eligibility for expungement, and
urging housing providers and employers to provide access.