Within Our Reach Campaign 2023
The Within Our Reach Campaign unites corporate leaders and caring community members across Maryland who believe that the right to justice should be accessible to all, regardless of income or social status. With your help, HPRP can:
Represent more people who would otherwise go without legal counsel in cases where basic human needs are at stake – including housing and food security, income maintenance, and veterans’ benefits.
Reach people where they are – in courtrooms, shelters, streets, or other service organizations – resolving the common barriers of transportation and resource-finding.
Advocate for policy changes that promote equity for people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
Without a commitment from the government to establish a full civil right to counsel, it becomes the duty of our community to weave a safety net for our neighbors who are falling through the cracks of the justice system. Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) reports that of the approximately 1 million Marylanders who are eligible for legal aid services, roughly 470,000 per year encounter a legal problem or may need assistance. Currently, only 105,000 receive help through MLSC-funded grantees like HPRP, which means there are about 365,000 additional Marylanders with legal needs who do not have fair representation.
For someone in a legal crisis, every moment without an attorney by their side is a weighted battle with fundamental human rights on the line. Your support makes a lifelong difference for those who need our help the most.