Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) - Legal Services to Help Break the Cycle of Poverty and Homelessness in Philadelphia
Through the Adopt-a-Shelter project, a firm or corporate legal department agrees to staff a HAP legal clinic on a monthly or bimonthly basis. HAP's Adopt-a-Shelter program provides an opportunity for attorneys to conduct pro bono work in a way that fosters a sense of team work and camaraderie.
The law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has operated a legal clinic
with HAP for homeless women and their children for almost two decades.
Members of the Morgan Lewis - HAP legal team

Adopt-a-Shelter

In 1995, HAP began a new project to encourage volunteer participation by law firms and corporate legal departments. Through the Adopt-a-Shelter project, a firm or corporate legal department agrees to staff a HAP legal clinic on a monthly or bimonthly basis.

HAP collaborates with the following law firms, corporate legal departments, and law schools through this program (ordered by shelter):

  • Achieving Independence Center (AIC) – Duane Morris
  • Broad Street Ministry – Drinker Biddle & Reath | Obermayer Rebmann
  • Dreuding Center – Hogan Lovells
  • Eliza Shirley House – Blank Rome | Lincoln Financial Group | Reger Rizzo & Darnall
  • Families Forward Philadelphia – Gibbons | Hangley Aronchick | Pepper Hamilton
  • Impact Services – Duane Morris | TD Bank
  • Our Brother’s Place – White & Williams
  • The Perimeter – DLA Piper | Saul Ewing
  • Project HOME – Reed Smith | Merck | Morgan Lewis | Clark Hill
  • RHD Woodstock Family Center – Morgan Lewis | PECO Energy Co. and Exelon Corporation
  • Salvation Army’s Red Shield – Dilworth Paxson | Montgomery McCracken
  • Snyder House – Cozen O’Connor
  • SOAR DHS Project – Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • St. Barnabas – Schnader
  • St. Francis Inn – Homeless Advocacy Project
  • St. John’s Hospice – Klehr Harrison | Dechert | GSK
  • Station House – Cozen O’Connor | Hogan Lovells | Chubb
  • Stenton Family Manor – DLA Piper | Germantown Jewish Centre
  • Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission – Ballard Spahr | Comcast
  • University City Hospitality Coalition – Michael LiPuma, Esq. | University of Pennsylvania Law School

For information, please call 215-523-9595, or email HAP's Executive Director, Marsha Cohen at marsha@haplegal.org.

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