With more than 15,000 people in Philadelphia who experience or face homelessness every year, the need for HAP’s legal assistance far exceeds the capacity of HAP’s small staff. HAP, therefore, relies heavily on our generous pro bono partners who commit their time, staff, and resources to meet the legal needs of individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless or already in the throes of homelessness. 

The generosity and dedication of HAP’s partners cannot be overstated. Since its creation over 30 years ago, HAP’s partners have donated pro bono legal services valued at an estimated $114 million. At the same time, HAP’s legal clinic outreach model provides our partners with the rewarding and meaningful opportunity to meet with our clients in the community.  

Scroll down for a list of volunteer resources, grouped by practice, and see our waiver here.

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For more information about partnering with HAP, please contact HAP’s Pro Bono Coordinator, Maggie Oberkircher, at [email protected].

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

Birth Certificate Cases

Help a HAP client obtain or amend a birth certificate. Complete and submit a birth certificate application and any accompanying materials to the relevant Vital Records office, along with a copy of your ID, bar card, and the appropriate application fee.

SOAR Project

Represent a HAP client in an expedited application process for SSI/SSDI that is designed to increase the approval rate specifically for vulnerable claimants who are experiencing homelessness.

Miscellaneous Cases

Support HAP clients with other civil legal needs that arise, including but not limited to:

  • Immigration Matters (e.g. replacement green card or naturalization certificate)
  • Estate Planning/Administration (e.g. simple will or power of attorney or research an estate administration question)
  • Child Custody Cases

Legal Clinics

Staff a legal clinic serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Meet with HAP clients to determine their legal needs. Provide advice and information as needed, and handle any cases that arise that are suitable for your practice and experience, with HAP support. HAP clinics are currently transitioning from virtual to in-person operations in the Philadelphia area.

HAP provides access to recorded trainings and other guides/resources as well as a HAP contact who can provide support throughout the case.

All HAP pro bono case opportunities can currently be handled virtually, with the exception of in-person legal clinics.

Serve as a Volunteer Mentor

If you are an experienced HAP volunteer or familiar with a particular area of law, HAP would love to have you serve as a mentor for a newer volunteer. Provide guidance and oversight, and answer case questions for a volunteer handling a HAP pro bono case.

CLE Credit for Pro Bono Service

Pennsylvania

PA attorneys can earn up to three (3) CLE credits upon completion of pro bono work for HAP clients. One (1) CLE credit can be earned for every five (5) hours of pro bono service.

New Jersey

HAP is an approved pro bono provider for the Madden exemption. NJ attorneys who provide twenty-five (25) hours of pro bono service for qualifying organizations may claim exemption from mandatory court-appointed Madden assignments in the following year.

Volunteer Resources

SOAR Training Materials

Log in to access SOAR Training Materials (for active volunteers)

And here for a video of our 2020 Virtual SOAR Training.

For login information, please email Pat Malley at [email protected].

Case managers or social workers referring clients to our SOAR Project can click here for guidance on what to expect and how to help ensure success for your client.

Veterans Training Materials

View Veterans Training Materials

For login information, please email Maggie Oberkircher at [email protected].

Emergency Shelters

Veterans Training Materials

View Veterans Training Materials

For login information, please email Maggie Oberkircher at [email protected].

Our Partners

We are eternally grateful and continually humbled by our pro bono partners’ compassion, commitment, and generosity.

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