About Homeless Law

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About Homeless Law

Homeless Law is a project of Justice Connect (formerly PILCH). Homeless Law is a specialist legal service for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Our staff work closely with pro bono lawyers to provide hundreds of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness with legal information, advice and representation. Our services are outreach based and client centred, and we don’t just focus on legal issues. Homeless Law’s social workers (the HPLOs) and our relationships with the homelessness sector build our capacity to understand and respond to clients with a range of non-legal needs.

We recognise that we will never be able to meet the legal needs of all people experiencing homelessness and in order to achieve systemic change, we need to be strategic. Our advocacy is directly connected to our casework services and we maintain two ongoing campaigns: (1) to prevent evictions into homelessness, and (2) to address the discriminatory impact of fines and infringements on people experiencing homelessness.

The areas of law which Homeless Law assist with include: fines and infringements related to homelessness, housing and tenancy, credit and debt, guardianship and administration orders and some criminal law matters. We cannot assist with family or immigration law matters.

Two major projects of Homeless Law provide legal advice on include:

Women's Homelessness Prevention Project

Debt and Tenancy Legal Help for Prisoners

For more information about Homeless Law click here

About Homeless Law in Practice

Homeless Law in Practice is a ‘one-stop shop' that provides targeted and practical information and assistance to lawyers, service providers and clients on various areas of law affecting people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Each section includes an overview or summary, details of further useful resources and contacts and relevant precedents.

Homeless Law in Practice was generously funded by the Victorian Law Foundation. The Foundation's funding has allowed Homeless Law to improve the functionality and reach of the former Homelessness Law and Advocacy Resource Manual to better equip Homeless Law and community sector lawyers to deliver services to homeless and other disadvantaged and marginalised clients.