Homelessness Prevention Law Project


The Homelessness Prevention Law Project - created through Public Counsel and the CARES: Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services Project - has leveraged law student volunteers and lawyers to assist more than 16,000 individuals who desperately needed emergency food, shelter and transportation.  Volunteers provide resources and information on benefits including General Relief, CalFresh, CalWORKS and Medi-Cal. In addition, we connect people to services that help people find a job, keep their home, escape from domestic violence or recover from substance abuse. With training and supervisions, law students advocate in various Department of Social Services (DPSS) offices to help Angelenos receive benefits to which they are entitled.

Why We Need Your Help

On any given night in Los Angeles County there are around 51,000 homeless people. They need your advocacy in benefits hearings and in negotiating for safe places to sleep.

Why You Should Join HPLP

It is an on-campus student run organization that provides the opportunity for first-year students to learn valuable skills and gain experience that will assist you in law school and beyond. Because of you, someone will have money for food to feed his or her family. DPSS trips will be planned throughout the year and the dates will be posted. Your participation is greatly needed.

Students, faculty and staff of Southwestern may view a list of current Student Organization contacts on the Portal (log-in required). All others may contact the Student Affairs Office at (213) 738-6716 or studentaffairs@swlaw.edu for additional information.