HAP is hiring a staff attorney! Click here for the full job description.

We’re also expanding our Veterans Project by hiring a Paralegal. Click here for job description.


The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. With a legal staff of ten (10) and a corps of 350 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, the Homeless Advocacy Project (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.

More information about HAP is available at haplegal.org.

It is the policy of HAP to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

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].