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Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless

The mission of Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless (PLAH) is to provide civil legal services to the homeless and low-income populations in the vicinity of Penn Law’s campus, and to provide a forum in which Penn Law students make an annual commitment to give back to the community in a tangible way and acquire practical legal experience serving clients.

On Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, project members host a legal clinic at St. Agatha-St. James Church on 38th and Chestnut Streets.  During the hour-long clinic, members collect information concerning the civil legal issues of indigent clients and address the issues accordingly. 

Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless has been providing civil legal services to Philadelphia’s homeless and indigent clients for many years.  It began when the current attorney advisor, Mike LiPuma, was himself a student at Penn Law in the early 1990s.  Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless is now an integral part to the St. Agatha-St. James soup kitchen, along with the free clinics provided by Penn Medical School and Penn Dental School.  The project is partnered with the Homeless Advocacy Project, a local direct legal services organization that delivers legal services directly to the homeless population in the places where they live and eat.