Our Services



Legal Assistance

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Bread for the City operates two legal clinics, one out of each Center in Northwest and Southeast DC.

The Legal Clinic represents clients in landlord-tenant disputes, represent claimants who have been denied Social Security disability benefits, advocate in fair hearings for other public benefits and represent clients in family law matters including child custody, civil protection orders, child support and divorce.

Our legal clinic has six special projects:

The Community Lawyering Project uses legal advocacy and organizing to help achieve solutions to community identified issues in ways that develop local leadership and institutions that can continue to exert power to effect systemic change.

Our attorneys also work in partnership with the Legal Aid Society to operate the Landlord-Tenant Court-Based Legal Services Project, which allows attorneys to appear immediately in court with clients whom they meet that same day, often resulting in them taking the cases on for full representation. Bread for the City also represents tenant associations and other individuals as we work toward preserving low-income housing, assuring that people live in safe environments, and preventing or delaying evictions.

The Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project, a joint initiative with Legal Aid and Legal Counsel for the Elderly, focuses on expanding access to representation to tenants living in subsidized housing and who are at risk of eviction.

Through the Child Support Community Legal Services Project (which is modeled after the Court-Based Legal Services Program), we again partner with Legal Aid to staff an office right at the Paternity & Support Branch of the Court. We provide same-day advice and temporary representation and, in some cases, extended representation to low-income District residents who need assistance with child support matters.

And through the Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project, we provide the legal services necessary (Civil Protection Orders, divorce proceedings, child custody, etc.) to assist low-income District residents who are experiencing domestic violence.

The Accessing Identifying Documents Project assists DC residents who have hit barriers in getting a DMV-issued ID, Social Security Card, or birth certificate in the District.