American Bar Association Selects HPRP's Homeless Youth Initiative as a 2017 Homeless Youth Legal Network Model Program
The American Bar Association (ABA) created the national Homeless Youth Legal Network to increase legal services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. In May 2017, HPRP's Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI) was selected by the ABA as one of 12 Model Programs nationwide.
As a Model Program, HYI will "help highlight promising practices across the country, and . . . help illustrate the value of providing legal services to youth experiencing or at high risk for homelessness."
HPRP's HYI was created in 2012 to provide targeted legal services and advocacy for and with the growing numbers of unaccompanied homeless youth in Baltimore. HYI is Maryland's only legal services project providing targeted legal assistance for unaccompanied homeless youth on multiple issues. Since its creation, HYI has provided direct legal services in a manner and approach designed specifically for homeless youth, primarily through a twice-monthly legal clinic at Baltimore City's Youth Empowered Society Drop-In Center, and has led systemic advocacy efforts to end youth homelessness.
Learn More About Youth Homelessness in Baltimore
The Marc Steiner Show recently convened a conversation with advocates who are leading efforts to end youth homelessness in Baltimore, including HPRP's HYI Director Ingrid Löfgren. Listen to their discussion.
Coming Soon: Baltimore Homeless Youth Legal Network
HPRP's Homeless Youth Initiative will launch a Baltimore Homeless Youth Legal Network in the fall of 2017 to expand legal services to youth experiencing homelessness locally by engaging volunteer attorneys, law students, and paralegals. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new initiative!