HAP is undergoing a transformation. As our Executive Director, Tanya Rambert, transitions out, we will be undergoing a search for someone equally passionate and committed to our mission to take her place. Please click here for more on what we’re looking for in a new Executive Director.


The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. With a staff of around fourteen and a corps of 250 volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and law students, HAP engages in direct outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness who are in need of legal services.


Established in 1990, HAP is the only legal services organization dedicated to providing direct civil legal services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. HAP also advocates for the needs of the City’s homeless population

HAP’s work is guided by its vision, mission, and values.

VISION:  All Philadelphians at risk of or experiencing homelessness have equal access to justice and the means to secure safe and stable housing.

MISSION:  To provide free civil legal services and advocacy to reduce the frequency and duration of homelessness in the greater Philadelphia area.

HAP’S VALUES: Individuals and families experiencing homelessness have unique legal problems and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
All of us at HAP take ownership of the fact that, in various ways, HAP needs to immediately, sufficiently, and meaningfully embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). This is in terms of our direct representation of those experiencing homelessness, as well as in terms of office staffing, policies, behaviors, and culture. Full Statement: https://www.haplegal.org/about/dei/.

More information about HAP is available at haplegal.org.

Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on
the basis of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age,
citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. HAP also
values and seeks diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work. Persons from diverse backgrounds
and orientations are encouraged to apply.

Internship Position

HAP’s summer internship program offers a unique opportunity to provide direct legal services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Our law students assist clients with public benefit issues involving Supplemental Security Income, medical assistance, TANF, and other income maintenance programs. They assist in representing veterans on claims for compensation, pension, health care, and character of service modifications. Students also represent clients experiencing homelessness in matters concerning custody and support, housing, identification, credit rehabilitation, and a host of other legal civil matters that serve as barriers to resolving homelessness.

Under the supervision of HAP attorneys, legal interns attend numerous legal clinics at area homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and day programs where interns interview clients and assist them with their legal needs. Our summer interns also perform research and make educational presentations to homeless clients and service providers.

To inquire about interning with HAP, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].