Who We Are
is the leader in providing free legal
advice and representation to homeless and
low-income veterans in the Greater Boston area.
Shelter Legal Services'
mission is to promote self-sufficiency,
stability, and financial security of homeless
and low-income veterans through free and accessible legal services.
restricted grant funding, we also provide legal services to homeless
individuals in Cambridge.
Check out our 2011-2012
Annual Report to learn more.
Who We Serve
Shelter Legal Services serves
over 400 clients per year at legal
clinics located in homeless shelters and service centers. We serve
homeless and low income veterans at the New England
Center for Homeless Veterans, and the Chelsea Soldiers' Home, and
homeless individuals at the Cambridge Multi-Service Center.
Legal Services has assisted thousands of Veterans facing the challenge
of homelessness. Because of the services they provide at the Center,
homeless Veterans are able to resolve the legal issues that pose a
barrier to independent living.”
These are the Facts
Over 28,000 people enter
Massachusetts homeless shelters each year.
Over 1400 families stay in
Massachusetts homeless shelters each
Veterans are 8% of the
general population, but 25% of the homeless
1.5 million veterans in
America are considered at risk of
homelessness due to poverty and lack of adequate supportive services.
The number of homeless women
veterans is rapidly increasing.
One third of the homeless
population is made up of families.
Up to 63% of homeless women
are victims of domestic violence, and
92% have been victims of violence at some point in their lifetime.
Over 20% of Boston residents
live below the poverty line.
Legal problems are an
obstacle to stable housing for many homeless
and at risk individuals and families.
YOU CAN HELP
services, including legal services, are
essential to ending homelessness.
Shelter Legal Services helps
homeless and at risk people by
removing legal barriers to stable housing.
By supporting Shelter Legal
Services you can help end homelessness
for a veteran, a family, or a victim of domestic violence.