Category Archives: Homeless Advocacy


HAP Client Brought to Tears By the Advocacy of Her Attorney

Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) client Kreasha Wilson had lived in her public housing apartment for 22 years. In 2012, she left for a month to take care of the father of her children who had…

From left, Toven Lim, Tom Duensing, Crystal Fryman, Seamus Brugh, with HAP’s Erin Katayama

JDC Welcomes Homeless Advocacy Project Summer Interns

This summer, JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) welcomes four interns who will work on eviction defense cases with Staff Attorney Erin Katayama. Seamus Brugh attends University of San Francisco School of Law, where he is a…


Homeless Advocacy Project Makes a Difference in San Francisco

Thirty-five year old Jerry Buttner came to JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) for help getting federal disability benefits (SSI). He had a long history of mental health and medical problems,…


HAP Staff Testifies at Supervisor Farrell’s Hearing on Homelessness

Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) staff attorney Erin Katayama testified last week at a hearing focused on housing and homelessness in San Francisco. The May 7 hearing, titled The Housing Ladder…


Preventing Eviction and Displacement of Low-Income San Franciscans

Erin Katayama, Homeless Advocacy Project On April 16, 2014, Stephanie Skaff, 2014 president of The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC), along with…


Engage Your Summer Associates In Pro Bono Service

Registration is open for the Justice & Diversity Center’s (JDC) Homeless Advocacy Project’s Summer Associates in Public Service Program. We invite your firm to provide crucial legal services to low-income…


Homeless Advocate Awarded First Annual Brosnahan Fellowship

The James Brosnahan Fellowship was established through resolution of the then Volunteer Legal Services Program (now known as the Justice & Diversity Center [JDC]) board in December of 2012. Creation of the fellowship was made possible because of the generosity of Joseph Cotchett, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, who made a significant gift to support ongoing funding of an annual stipend to recipients.

Homeless Advocacy Project Staff

JDC’s Homeless Advocacy Project’s 25 Years of Service to the Homeless

During National Homeless Awareness Week in November 2013, the Justice & Diversity Center celebrated its Homeless Advocacy Project’s 25th anniversary. In 25 years of service, hundreds of dedicated staff attorneys,…


Open Letter to Greg Gopman Regarding: San Francisco’s Homeless Population

Our San Francisco homeless population is made up of real people. Many struggle with the impact of life circumstances that are well beyond their control – women and children forced from their homes by domestic violence, veterans who suffer from PTSD or other mental illness, and individuals with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from getting or be able to pay for long term housing.


Lutheran Volunteer Corps Provide Holistic Services to Homeless San Franciscans through Homeless Advocacy Project

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) connects full-time stipended volunteers nationwide with non-profit organizations to work for peace and justice. This month, the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) is pleased to spotlight…