Homeless Youth Law Clinic wrote -
"You should advertise more, kids like us don't really trust lawyers. They say it's confidential but we don't believe them." –Client speaking to JTL ("John the Lawyer")
“John the Lawyer” and the Homeless Youth Law Clinic (HYLC) have provided 124 youth with free legal services and extended representation with 194 legal concerns. The need is so great - there are nearly 3,000 youth experiencing homelessness.
Thank you for your past support that helped HYLC sustain its services in 2015.
Will you help us reach more youth to ensure they have access to justice?
Legal concerns encountered with youth include expungements, housing, family/custody, debt relief/consumer, searching for one's biological parent, immigration and education among other areas.
HYLC offers clinic hours at New Avenues for Youth's drop-in center and expanded to offer a clinic at New Avenues for Youth’s PAVE program. Case managers refer youth to HYLC, youth find us by word of mouth or through other social service agencies.
There is no fee for our services.
16% percent of our clients have more complicated legal issues and require ongoing litigation to solve their issues.
People who have an attorney to represent them have outcomes 1,000 times better.
We serve any youth, ages 14 to 25, experiencing homelessness in our local community who has no access to justice or legal services.
The youth we serve:
• 50% grew up in foster care.
• 40% identify with the LBGTQ community.
• 38% are youth of color.
• There are an estimated 24,000 unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness each year in Oregon. The majority of youth end up in Portland because of limited services in other regions of the state.
• Oregon has the highest rate of unsheltered families with children.
• Oregon ranks 5th highest of unsheltered, unaccompanied homeless youth.