The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) works to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation, and advocacy, to people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. HPRP’s staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services in shelters, soup kitchens, welfare offices, community centers, and on the street. HPRP’s direct representation informs broader-based systemic advocacy and impact litigation to address the root causes of homelessness.
Since its founding in 1987, HPRP has pursued impact litigation to achieve significant victories and settlements for its clients, including cases to remedy delays in government processing of subsistence benefits, and long-standing housing discrimination and residential segregation. It has also led or co-led landmark state and local policy initiatives such as the HOME Act, the Ending Youth Homelessness Act, and legislation to reform Maryland’s expungement and public benefit programs. Driven by the belief in the power of people to determine their own solutions to systemic issues affecting their lives, HPRP actively engages persons with lived experience in advocacy efforts to improve tenant rights, end housing discrimination, end youth homelessness, and decriminalize homelessness.
HPRP’s office in Montgomery County serves clients experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County through community-based legal clinics and direct representation in criminal record expungement, eviction defense, and veterans’ benefits cases. HPRP’s Montgomery County/Prince George’s County Office participates in coalitions and engages in systemic advocacy to prohibit housing discrimination based on criminal justice involvement, ending youth homelessness, and decriminalization of homelessness.
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Paralegal and two Staff Attorneys
• Supervise the staff attorneys and paralegal to encourage appropriate professional growth, provide advice and support in client matters in the areas of criminal record expungement, housing, and veterans benefits;
• Represent clients in eviction defense cases in Montgomery County;
• Oversee existing projects in eviction prevention, decriminalization of homelessness, and youth outreach and education;
• Manage the funding for Montgomery County and Prince George’s County office, including work with HPRP’s Development Director on grant applications, meeting with funders and pursuing other funding opportunities, manage grants and prepare grant reports;
• Maintain and strengthen HPRP’s existing relationships with local government agencies and other organizations that provide services to people experiencing homelessness;
• Engage in policy work in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County including state and local legislative and administrative advocacy;
• Work with HPRP staff to expand visibility of the Montgomery County and Prince George’s County office;
• Participate in HPRP’s ongoing race equity work; and
• Seek new opportunities to expand client services and program opportunities consistent with HPRP’s mission and current funding parameters.