Homeless Advocacy Project

Founded in 1988, the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is the Justice & Diversity Center’s (JDC) largest individual project. Client with HAP Staff Attorney Erin Katayama

HAP provides legal services and supporting social services to individuals and families in San Francisco who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, while prioritizing individuals who have mental health disabilities.

HAP is only able to provide assistance with certain types of legal issues. These include:

Applications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI – federal disability benefits) and issues related to SSI applications
Eviction defense, especially if you are accused of causing a nuisance or your landlord has obtained a default judgment against you
Immigration documentation, if you are in the country legally but have lost your immigration documents or have not taken the steps needed to get proper immigration documents
Brief advice and referrals to other projects or agencies that can help you.

Phone: 
(800) 405-4427
Office Hours: 
HAP is closed on Mondays. Our office hours for Tuesday through Friday are as follows: Tu: 9:00 - 11:45 a.m. W: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Th: 9:00 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. F: 9:00 - 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. We conduct intake for new clients on Tuesdays from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Eligibility: 
The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) of the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) may be able to help you if you are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, and you have a disability or minor children living with you.

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