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.

Alternatives to the Criminalization of Homelessness

The Commission on Homelessness and Poverty will be in attendance when stakeholders discuss the community’s successes, positive strategies/best practices, and how to build off the momentum to leverage existing expertise and resources. Participants will also identify gaps, areas for improvement, and how providers can serve as a resource to law enforcement.

A Community Forum on Best Practices and Collaboration

In partnership with The Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Maryland State Bar Association

Friday, April 26 in Rockville, Maryland

For more information or if you are interested in attending, please contact kelly.russo@americanbar.org

About Us

The Commission on Homelessness and Poverty 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 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.

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.