Homelessness Prevention Clinic

HPC works with those experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers work with diverse clients, assisting with wide-ranging issues including warrants, tickets, government benefits, probation/parole, and a host of other issues. HPC students gain practical legal experience and exposure to the realities of poverty and homelessness, while learning about and helping the most vulnerable members of our community. There are two clinic activities, and volunteers participate in each once per semester.

Venice Beach Outreach: Using food as an icebreaker, volunteers join an attorney to talk to people on the streets of Venice Beach. Volunteers provide a friendly face and friendly words to people who are often treated as invisible by those around them, and help assess legal needs, provide information on benefits, and make referrals. Last year this clinic was held on 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 clients at Covenant House and OPCC with volunteer attorneys through a confidential video-conferencing platform. Volunteers will conduct intake and help attorneys navigate and assess client needs, provide advice and help clients understand their next steps. Last year this clinic was held Saturday morning.

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