Homelessness Prevention Clinic

HPC serves those experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers work with clients with diverse backgrounds and assist with a wide range of issues, including warrants, tickets, government benefits, probation/parole, family law, and a host of other questions covering every type of law. HPC students gain practical legal experience through exposure to the realities of poverty and homelessness, while learning from and serving the most vulnerable members of our community. There are two aspects of this clinic, and volunteers are asked to participate in each activity once per semester.

  • Outreach: Using food as an icebreaker, volunteers join our attorney, an experienced civil rights attorney, to talk to people living on the streets of Venice Beach or Westwood. Volunteers provide a friendly face and friendly words to people who are often treated as invisible by those around them, help assess legal needs, provide information about benefits and services, and make referrals. Outreach is held on Monday or Friday evenings.
  • R-Clinic: Volunteers help coordinate and run this tele-legal clinic from Covenant House, a home for runaway and homeless youth in Hollywood, and Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC), a social services provider in Santa Monica. In this new and innovative clinic, volunteers connect with clients at Covenant House and OPCC and then themselves to volunteer attorneys through a confidential video-conferencing platform. Volunteers conduct intake and help assess client needs, then help clients understand their next steps. The clinic is held Saturday morning and for the first time this year, will be run in partnership with the Medical School's Mobile Clinic Project

Clinic Chairs
Taylor de Laveaga: det2019@lawnet.ucla.edu 
Zachary Morris: morrisz2020@lawnet.ucla.edu

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