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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Government & Public Administration, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Legal Services, Public Interest Law

Mission: We work for positive, constructive solutions to help stabilize the lives of homeless people and provide them an opportunity to become productive citizens.  Our work addresses the underlying causes of homelessness: the lack of housing, income, social services, and civil rights.  We take a leadership role ensuring implementation of homeless assistance and rights programs while advancing solutions to homelessness, providing a voice to the over three million Americans who are homeless each year.

Programs: We focus our efforts on crucial efforts including our:

Civil Rights Project - work to end the disturbing trend in communities nationally to punish people for being homeless, while cultivating positive community responses to homelessness.

Surplus Property Project - work with grassroots homeless groups nationally to help them convert vacant federal properties into housing, job training, and childcare facilities for homeless people.

Homeless Children's Education Project - work to ensure homeless children access to a public school education, as required by federal law.

DC Homelessness Prevention Project - work to remove barriers homeless District residents face in accessing vital welfare support services that they need to gain employment and become productive members of society.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an Israeli lawyer and came to the U.S. to do a master degree. During the summer I interned at the Law Center, and had a great experience. The staff is very professional and really committed to the issues the organization is advocating for. The interns are doing real and significant legal work like drafting shadow reports, general reports, researching and engaging in professional meetings - among others with State representatives. During the short time I've been there I witnessed some great successes and achievements accomplished by the Law Center and was really impressed. I will take with me this experience back to Israel and I'm sure I will use use some of the advocacy methods I learned here.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

With no prior experience or very much knowledge within the homelessness law area, as an intern for the NLCHP I was able to experience firsthand the dedication that highly qualified professionals and volunteers put in to helping the homeless. As I worked on each part of the website and got to know each member of the law center a little better, I was taken back by the qualifications of each member and humbled by what they chose to do with their current careers. As a non-profit, the NLCHP stays organized an upbeat in order to get their word out.

Heather A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as a summer intern at the Law Center. The Law Center serves as the legal arm of the movement to eliminate homelessness in the United States. The members of the staff are dedicated and professional, and the Law Center produces an impressive number of high-quality, well-researched reports for an organization of its size. I was thoroughly impressed with my experience and I now understand why the Law Center has seen such success in both promoting good public policies and in litigation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience as an intern was a valuable one -- all staff members, including those I did not directly work for, were helpful in providing insight, tasks, and generally making all interns feel like part of the overall team. The office is very cohesive and purposeful; the Law Center's focus makes every day at the job meaningful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty while seeking a full-time volunteer position to fill the time I had before starting with a law firm. I was particularly interested in its children & youth program, as I am passionate about education access. I was cognizant, when selecting an organization, of avoiding an organization that blindly pursued a cause without regard to reality. NLCHP impressed me during my volunteer period by the thoughtful, intellectual, and practical approach it took to fighting homelessness and poverty. During my time there I was impressed by the staff's strong commitment to the cause they serve. NLCHP employs a talented group of attorneys, development and communications persons, and support staff. Each member has above-average skills that lead to NLCHP's highly effective advocacy. The quality of its works is evidenced by the numerous government officials and news outlets that seek comments and information from NLCHP, as well as the large number of law firms that enjoy working on pro bono projects with it. For instance, NLCHP was extensively involved in bringing about protection for renter's in foreclosed properties passed in the spring of 2009. NLCHP is making a lasting impact on homelessness and poverty by fighting the causes, not just the symptoms. By going to the "root" of the problem, NLCHP effectuates long term change. The director, and board of directors, have done an excellent job creating a professional public interest, non-profit organization. Policy goals and strategic planning are thoughtfully developed. Success and adherence to the organization's goals are tracked monthly with organizational outcome reports. The result is an organization that is affecting real change for families across the nation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with NLCHP for over two years. I was consistently impressed with the huge impact they were able to make on very limited resources - there are many groups who provide direct services, but so few who work to change the underlying conditions that have caused the housing and homelessness crisis in America.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I am impressed by the knowledge and dedication of the staff. NLCHP uses legisltation,education & litigation to ensure the rights of homeless children to education, prevent eviction and denial of housing to domestic violence victims, protect the civil rights of homeless people, advocate for the right to housing and the aviability of social services for homeless people. The staff is constantly evaluating the impact of it's services, and setting future goals.