Homelessness Service Project

The Homeless Service Project (HSP) provides legal assistance to the homeless and low-income community in the East Bay Area. HSP is not limited to issues of homelessness, but covers any type of legal issues that people of the homeless and low-income community encounter.

Students will have the opportunity to work closely with attorneys from the Homeless Action Center (HAC), Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), and Coalition on Homelessness (COH). Through our legal clinics – Suitcase Clinic, Women’s Clinic, and Administrative Claims Clinic – students will take direct legal action to assist the unhoused community in the East Bay and San Francisco. Work will include client intake, interviewing, assistance with filing administrative claims, and miscellaneous legal education. In addition to these clinics, some students will have the opportunity to shadow our supervising attorneys at the Homeless Action Center and perform direct outreach on the streets of the East Bay.

HSP members, leaders, and supervising attorneys, 2019-20.

Our work also includes several research projects on issues of homelessness, such as informational primers to facilitate access to disability benefits. Depending on public health directives, campus policy, community needs, and members’ preferences due to COVID-19, we may continue some of our activities and projects remotely.

Supervision: Students will provide legal services under the supervision of attorneys from the Homeless Action Center in Berkeley, California. 

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours/semester 

For more information, please contact the student leaders at HSPProBono@berkeley.edu.