Pro Bono News
Baltimore-Based Legal Group for Homeless Opens Montgomery Co. Office (MD)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
- Maryland Matters
Baltimore-Based Legal Group for Homeless Opens Montgomery Co. Office
"The Homeless Persons Representation Project, a Baltimore-based organization that provides legal services to homeless people, has opened a new office in Rockville to combat homelessness in Montgomery County.
While the group has run programs in Montgomery County, which has the second highest homeless population in Maryland, for almost 30 years, its first bricks-and-mortar office opened in April. The nonprofit formally celebrated its new digs on Wednesday night.
HPRP provides free legal services to the homeless to remove legal barriers preventing them from obtaining permanent housing. Antonia Fasanelli, executive director of HPRP, said that the organization tackles the issue of homelessness in two ways. HPRP’s team of lawyers first address the immediate needs of homeless individuals by eliminating legal barriers to obtaining housing or obtaining employment in order to afford housing. HPRP also pushes for legislation at both the county and state levels that works to end homelessness.
High rents make Montgomery County’s homeless problem especially acute, advocates say..."