Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

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

Homeless Youth Legal Network

The American Bar Association created the Homeless Youth Legal Network to increase legal services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. The Network provides information and fosters collaboration in order 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. The Network’s focus includes civil legal matters, juvenile and criminal defense, and policy/systems change efforts for minors as well as young adults through at least age 25.

2019 Curtin Fellowship

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer Program.

Legal Talk Network

Legal Talk Network interviewed panelists from the Combating the Criminalization of Homelessness program at the 2015 Annual Meeting. They spoke about homelessness, Homeless Courts, and the role of young lawyers.

Resolution 105A

Veterans Court Programs

The ABA House of Delegates amends the black letter and Comments to Model Rules 1.0, 1.6, and 4.4, and the Comments to Model Rules 1.1 and 1.4 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct dated August 2012.

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Join the Commission

If you are interested in the work of the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and would like to become involved in the American Bar Association, 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

The Commission on Homelessness & Poverty receives funding through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE). Support the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty by making your gift online today! As a 501(c)(3) charitable fund, all contributions to the FJE are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.