Public Interest Law Initiative


SSI Homeless Outreach Project

Address:

180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2110 Chicago, IL 60601

Contact: Lisa Parsons

Website: http://legalcouncil.org/what-we-do/new-programs/

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The SSI Homeless Outreach Project is a project of The Legal Council for Health Justice. The Project specializes in providing trauma-informed advocacy to persons who are homeless, disabled and who are survivors of significant “adverse childhood experiences” (“ACE”). ACEs include all forms of abuse and neglect; household domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness; and parental abandonment and incarceration. ACEs are common among homeless adults and high ACE scores correlate to chronic medical conditions, increased rates of mental illness and substance abuse, and low educational and vocational achievement. The Project provides legal representation to clients to secure federal disability benefits and other supports. PILI Fellows conduct outreach to and interview clients, assist clients to complete necessary paperwork, develop evidence in support of claims, gather and summarize medical records and draft written legal arguments supporting a finding of disability under federal law and may attend and/or participate at administrative hearings.

The SSI Homesless Outreach Project is a project of The Legal Council for Health Justice (formerly known as the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago), which has broadened its focus from single disease services to assisting vulnerable populations challenged by disability or illness. In 2014 the agency merged with other established legal assistance projects, including the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children and the SSI Homeless Outreach Project.

A PILI Fellow & Intern will have an opportunity to conduct outreach to and interview clients, assist clients to complete necessary paperwork, develop evidence in support of claims, gather and summarize medical records and draft written legal arguments supporting a finding of disability under federal law and may attend and/or participate at administrative hearings.

In 2017, this agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern in the summer and a Graduate Fellow.

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