Homeless Courts

About Homeless Courts

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Homeless Court Directory

Homeless Courts are presently operating in the jurisdictions at the link. Many other jurisdictions are examining the possibility of creating similar programs, and the Commission is pleased to offer technical support. For more information, please contact Kelly Russo at the ABA Washington Office at 202/662-1699 or via e-mail at homeless@americanbar.org.

Mr. W.'s Success Story

"Mr. W, age 56, lived in a tent in Charleston, SC, making a living by panhandling. As Charleston tightened anti-panhandling laws, Mr. W received a series of citations. Mr. W. also had no ID and suffered from multiple medical issues. He was referred to One80 Place Legal Services for possible admission into Homeless Court. If Mr. W. agreed to receive help in finding housing and getting medical treatment, obtaining the necessary ID, and applying for Social Security disability, in recognition of his efforts to end his homelessness his citations would be dismissed through Homeless Court. Over time he achieved these goals and presented the information to the judge. The judge congratulated Mr. W on his efforts and led a round of applause--now Mr. W. lives in a furnished apartment and no longer receives citations for sitting on the sidewalk."

Homeless Court Resources

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