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Max Tipping

2015, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Max Tipping

Max Tipping

Name of Host Organization: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Housing/Homelessness, Children/Youth
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The Project

Max will help families in Washington, DC’s rapid re-housing program stay in housing using legal rights trainings, direct representation, and policy advocacy.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The rapid re-housing program has become the DC government’s primary tool for addressing the city’s mounting family homelessness crisis. It is designed to help homeless families move directly back into market rate housing by providing temporary financial and supportive services. Unfortunately, the program is failing to keep families in stable housing. There are many reasons for this failure, including the placement of families in unaffordable or sub-standard housing, the inadequate provision of supportive services, and the termination of families from the program without a proper basis or notice. With the scale of the program set to more than double this fiscal year, there is an urgent need for coordinated legal and policy advocacy on behalf of the many rapid re-housing families struggling to maintain their housing.
The Right Person For This Project
Max is the right person for the project because:
• He has extensive experience working with housing and homelessness issues in DC and elsewhere
• He served as Executive Director of the lead agency for the North Central Florida Continuum of Care, where he designed and managed a rapid re-housing program
• He has significant connections to the DC legal services community, having worked with the Legal Aid Society of DC, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and Bread for the City
• He has advocated for low-income and homeless DC residents in two clinical programs
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Max will:
• Design legal rights trainings for rapid re-housing families and case managers
• Coordinate with the DC Department of Human Services to establish a schedule for legal rights trainings
• Develop an intake procedure for providing brief advice and direct representation for rapid re-housing families
• Begin follow-up with rapid re-housing families to assess their need for legal services
• Work with local law schools and clinical programs to develop procedures where law students can assist with trainings, intake, and follow-up
• Establish a formal referral network with other legal services providers that work with rapid re-housing families