Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program

The Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program (CHLAP) is a partnership program of the CMBA and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH).

CHLAP aims to provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals. Volunteers provide a variety of services, including shelter site intake interviews, brief advice, and information service, and direct representation in matters requiring further assistance. Volunteers help individuals with civil legal issues, including driver's license reinstatement, credit problems, criminal record expungement, landlord-tenant problems, public benefits, and family law. Training, resources, and mentors are available to volunteers. Malpractice insurance coverage is also available through the program's volunteer policy.

CHLAP is in need of volunteer lawyers to assist with the clinics and accept ongoing representation. CHLAP offers training and support to new volunteers, who may choose to shadow experienced volunteers or be accompanied by another volunteer for their first few sessions. Attorneys may volunteer at varying levels of commitment, from helping with intake interviews and providing brief advice to accepting referrals for direct extended representation.

To learn more about the volunteer experience or to sign up, click below.

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The Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program is a program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.