WLCH believes that housing is a human right, so when the 2017 Point in Time survey counts 7,473 DC residents as homeless, there is work to be done. At six community-based sites, staff lawyers and 200 volunteers meet with individuals and families experiencing homelessness or severe housing instability, offering direct legal representation at no cost and helping them achieve permanent, affordable housing. WLCH also strives to ensure that housing agencies respect the rights of homeless and low-income families, shelters are well-maintained and accessible to people with disabilities, and homeless services provide a safety net during financial crises. Community trainings empower shelter residents, educating them about their rights under the law. Last year, WLCH served 960 clients with direct representation, assisted tenant associations representing 1,000 households, and conducted outreach to 800 families seeking shelter. You can help give everyone a strong voice – in court and in the community.
Awards & Recognition
Professional Women in Advocacy Conference "Excellence in Advocacy Award" to Amber W. Harding, 2013
SHARC (Shelter Housing and Respectful Change) “Certificate of Appreciation for Deep Commitment to and outstanding legal support for Washington DC’s Homeless,” 2013
SHARC “Certificate of Appreciation” to Amber W. Harding, 2013
Gray Panthers of Metro Washington “Geraldine Brittain Award” to Patricia Mullahy Fugere, 2011
People for Fairness Coalition “The Peoples Award”, 2011
Consumer Leadership Forum “Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Community/Organization Support,” 2010
DC Bar “William J. Brennan Award” to Patricia Mullahy Fugere, 2009
DC Center for Independent Living “Citizen Advocate” award to Amber W. Harding, 2007
DC Bar Foundation “Jerrold Scoutt Prize” to Scott McNeilly, 2004
National Association of Social Workers Metro Washington Chapter “Agency of the Year”, 2000
DC Bar Foundation “Jerrold Scoutt Prize” to Patricia Mullahy Fugere, 1998
Presidents Volunteer Action Award Citation, 1993
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