Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) - Legal Services to Help Break the Cycle of Poverty and Homelessness in Philadelphia
Through the Adopt-a-Shelter project, a firm or corporate legal department agrees to staff a HAP legal clinic on a monthly or bimonthly basis. HAP's Adopt-a-Shelter program provides an opportunity for attorneys to conduct pro bono work in a way that fosters a sense of team work and camaraderie.
The law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has operated a legal clinic
with HAP for homeless women and their children for almost two decades.
Members of the Morgan Lewis - HAP legal team

Adopt-a-Shelter

In 1995, HAP began a new project to encourage volunteer participation by law firms and corporate legal departments. Through the Adopt-a-Shelter project, a firm or corporate legal department agrees to staff a HAP legal clinic on a monthly or bimonthly basis.

HAP collaborates with the following law firms, corporate legal departments, and law schools through this program (ordered by shelter):

  • Achieving Independence Center (AIC) – Duane Morris
  • Broad Street Ministry - Drinker Biddle & Reath | Obermayer Rebmann
  • Dreuding Center – Hogan Lovells
  • Eliza Shirley House – Blank Rome | Lincoln Financial Group | Reger Rizzo & Darnall 
  • Families Forward Philadelphia/House of Passage - Drexel University | Gibbons | Hangley Aronchick |    Pepper Hamilton
  • Impact Services –  Duane Morris
  • Jane Addams Family Shelters - Duane Morris | Schnader
  • Our Brother’s Place – White & Williams
  • The Perimeter – DLA Piper | Saul Ewing
  • Project HOME – Merck | Morgan Lewis | Reed Smith
  • RHD Woodstock Family Center – Morgan Lewis | PECO Energy Co. and Exelon Corporation
  • Salvation Army’s Red Shield - Dilworth Paxson | Montgomery McCracken
  • SOAR DHS Project - Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • St. Barnabas - Schnader
  • St. Francis Inn – Homeless Advocacy Project
  • St. John’s Hospice – Dechert | GSK | Klehr Harrison
  • Station House - CHUBB | Cozen O’Connor | Hogan Lovells
  • Stenton Family Manor – DLA Piper | Germantown Jewish Centre
  • Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission – Ballard Spahr | Comcast
  • University City Hospitality Coalition – Michael LiPuma, Esq. | University of PA Law School
For information, please call 215-523-9595, or email HAP's Executive Director, Marsha Cohen at marsha@haplegal.org.
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