In the Fall of 2001, HAP expanded the reach of its network of legal clinics by establishing the Veterans Project, aimed at meeting the complex legal needs of homeless veterans. HAP holds a monthly legal clinic at the Perimeter, a daytime drop-in center for homeless veterans. The Perimeter is operated by the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center, servicing an estimated 3,000 homeless veterans living in the Delaware Valley. In recent years, HAP has added veterans clinics at the Home of the Brave in Camden and at Impact Services.
HAP's Veterans Project is the only legal assistance program in Philadelphia that specifically targets homeless veterans. HAP helps homeless veterans with a myriad of legal issues including assistance with traditional “poverty law” matters, such as consumer and credit problems, landlord/tenant disputes, access to income maintenance programs, and family law issues, as well as veteran-specific matters such as eligibility for veterans benefits and compensation for service-related disabilities.
Through the Veterans Project, HAP has expanded its reach into the homeless community to educate and advocate on behalf of a particularly vulnerable population that had previously been overlooked by Philadelphia's public interest sector. Through this project, HAP is creating opportunities for self-empowerment and sustainability and an end to the cycle of homelessness so many veterans experience.
In 2014, with generous funding from HAP Board Member Tom Duffy and the Duffy Fellowship, HAP added a full time second staff attorney to work exclusively on veterans issues. Neha Yadav Chiaramonte is HAP’s first Duffy Fellow.
For more information or to volunteer for this project, please call 215-523-9595, or email HAP staff attorney Michael Taub at firstname.lastname@example.org.