Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

The Commission is committed to educating the bar and the public about homelessness and poverty and how the legal community and advocates can assist those in need.

COVID-19 Resources

Policy and guidance, ABA policy and programming, and more resources for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allow the VA to Provide Legal Aid for Homeless Vets

Ensure Homeless Veterans Have More Access to their Benefits

Learn more and about how you can help.

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New Homeless Court Resource

Homeless Court Best Practices One Pager

What is a Homeless Court? What isn't a Homeless Court? Myth vs. fact: learn more about Homeless Court Best Practices.

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News Spotlight

Start a Homeless Court Program in Your Community

In the Young Lawyers Division's 'After the Bar' publication, Commission Special Advisor Steve Binder and Member Matt Wechter explain how new attorneys can get involved with homeless courts by joining the Commission's Homeless Court Advisory Committee, supporting homeless court programming, and more.

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News Spotlight

Help the ABA Address the Legal Needs of Homeless Youth

In the Young Lawyers Division's 'After the Bar' publication, learn how new attorneys interested in working with homeless youth and looking to make an impact can join HYLN in its efforts and gain invaluable legal experience.

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About Us

Learn more about the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, housed within the ABA Center for Public Interest Law.

Homeless Youth Legal Network

Provides information and fosters collaboration to help attorneys and other advocates address existing gaps in legal services, and improve outcomes for homeless youth and young adults—including those transitioning from the child welfare system and exiting the juvenile justice system. Focuses include civil legal matters, juvenile and criminal defense, and policy/systems change efforts for minors as well as young adults through at least age 25.

Join Us

We welcome you to join us. Lawyers working in government or legal/public service not-for-profit organizations engaged primarily in legal- or policy-based advocacy for low income persons qualify for reduced dues as members of the American Bar Association.

Support the Commission's Work

Your gift will educate the bar and the public about homelessness and poverty and the ways in which the legal community and advocates can assist those in need. Make your charitable gift to the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty online today!