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Homeless Persons Representation Project launching initiative for homeless youth

The Baltimore-based Homeless Persons Representation Project is launching a program to provide civil legal services for homeless youth and young adults.

The legal organization announced the launch this week of the Baltimore Homeless Youth Legal Network at a joint reception with the American Bar Association at Baker Donelson’s Baltimore office.

The event is a part of the ABA’s Legal Needs of Homeless Youth Initiative, which focuses on meeting the legal needs of homeless youth in the U.S. The network has selected 12 programs, including the HPRP, to highlight the initiative’s goal.

A study released this week shows about one in 10 young adults between ages 18 to 25 experience some form of homelessness in a year. Young people with less than a high school diploma or GED are more than three times likely to be homeless. Youth from homes with a household income of less than $24,000 and unmarried youth who are parents also have a high risk of homelessness, according to the study by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

As part of the new program, the HPRP is hosting in Maryland ID Day with the Motor Vehicle Administration Friday at the Youth Empowered Society Drop-In Center in Baltimore, sponsored by the ABA. The event is open to youth and young adults age 24 and younger. Five attorneys will also be on site to provide legal services.


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