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National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with NLCHP has been very fulfilling and rewarding. I have been affiliated with the organization for many years and I am a member of the Board. I believe that NLCHP does great work for the community and has helped with many advancements for the homeless and believe that it will continue you to do so.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Policy over many years. My first experiences with them were in developing and improving national laws to end homelessness and poverty (specifically - the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act) which ultimately led to my becoming a member of their Board after I had left employment on Capitol Hill. The NLCHP always came with the facts - with solid reports - but an intense understanding of the human costs of poverty and how we could alleviate or eliminate those costs. With their commited leadership and staff, they continue to provide the legal protections and legal solutions for people who are homeless - whether it is making sure children who are homeless get in and stay in school; that people receive the benefits they're due; or, just keeping institutions accountable by enforcing the law through the legal system. The NLCHP works through its excellent staff and volunteers as well as utilizing links to pro-bono attorneys around the country. The organization is truly a shining star in Washington and in the nation - providing exemplary service and a voice for human rights and dignity in the United States.