Disability Considerations in Coordinated Entry and Homelessness Advocacy

This is a substantive, skills-based training on the disability rights of homeless or housing insecure people with disabilities applying for housing and services through county coordinated entry systems (CES).. CESs are required for jurisdictions that accept certain federal homelessness assistance funding and they operate to help communities assess and prioritize people who are most in need of assistance for referrals, services, and housing resources. Similar to the public benefits context, due to the high incidence of disability among this population, it is helpful for advocates to understand what to look for in the operation of their local CES process, the types of reasonable accommodations requests that their clients may need, and how to request them. This training will address the intersection of CES with the criminalization of homelessness, access to shelter, and other legal issues, and will be valuable to any advocates whose clients are homeless or housing-insecure. Sydney Pickern has trained on this topic at a UC Berkeley Law School class in the spring of 2018 and was also a presenter at the 2017 LAAC Travel Training on reasonable accommodations in housing. Melissa Morris has over thirteen years’ experience in fair housing and disability rights advocacy, and has provided trainings to tenants, advocates, local government staff, and housing and homeless service providers on reasonable accommodations under state and federal law. This training would be eligible for EOB MCLE credit.

Hosted by LAAC

Presented By: Sydney Pickern (DREDF), Natasha Reyes (Disability Rights California) and Melissa Morris (Public Interest Law Project).

This training is produced by the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC). LAAC produces trainings designed for civil legal aid and pro bono attorneys throughout the state, bringing the experts directly to the advocates helping low-income Californians. Technology permitting, all trainings are recorded and archived for later on-demand viewing by advocates.

This webinar is intended to provide legal information, not legal advice, for the purposes of training only practicing attorneys. The legal information in this webinar is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction. Further, we do not intend to create an attorney-client relationship with any listener.
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