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The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Inc.
November 9, 2010

Over the last 16 years I have been a volunteer, an intern, a fellow, a staff attorney, and now I find myself a committed donor to the work of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. WLCH staff and the volunteers they guide and support collaborate on a mission; to end the injustices caused by poverty, both on an individual level and on a community level. Every year, besides helping thousands of individuals with specific legal proboems, WLCH can point to a campaign victories, where their advocacy work helped to change policies or programs so that they better serve DC's most vulnerable residents.

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WLCH has been a pivotal to the DC anti-poverty community: - creating a program to support people who are awaiting Federal disability benefits. People who can't work because of disability can be kept out of shelter and hospitals through interim disability assistance. - creating a fairer welfare system that focused on employment while supporting those who have barriers to employment. the program has won numerous federal bonuses - which means additional money for the DC budget.

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WLCH needs additional resources for growth - but when they receive additional resources they spend them wisely on salaries for highly effective, passionate and hard-working staff.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Experience that the budget is almost entirely used to pay the salary of some of DCs best and brightest public interest lawyers and advocates.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

A bad economy combined with cuts to the safety net mean more people than ever need the help of WLCH.

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WLCH is respected because it is effective to combine direct representation and advocacy for change.

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Donor & I prevented homelessness and helped create additional local funding for housing. housing.