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The VLSP Story

The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) of the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) may be able to help you if you are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, and you have a disability or minor children living with you. 

HAP is only able to provide assistance with certain types of legal issues.  These include:

  • Applications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI – federal disability benefits) and issues related to SSI applications
  • Eviction defense, especially if you are accused of causing a nuisance or your landlord has obtained a default judgment against you
  • Immigration documentation, if you are in the country legally but have lost your immigration documents or have not taken the steps needed to get proper immigration documents
  • Brief advice and referrals to other projects or agencies that can help you.

HAPHAP also provides supportive social services.  Through JDC’s holistic model, social service staff work with attorneys to address clients’ legal and underlying psychosocial needs. We can assist clients with a wide range of issues, including health related problems, poverty, mental illness and addiction.

The social service staff at JDC consists of The Director of Social Services, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California, one full time Bachelor’s Level Social Worker and several volunteer staff, including, but not limited to, MSW Interns, BASW Interns, Jesuit and Lutheran Volunteers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatrists and Psychologists.