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Allison Higley

  • Hosted by Veterans Legal Institute
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Veterans Legal Institute
  • Service location Santa Ana, California
  • Issue area Employment
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program Veterans Legal Corps

The Project

Remove barriers to employment and prevent veteran homelessness. Assist veterans to re-enter the work force by removing barriers to employment through expungements of criminal convictions, petitions to seal and destroy arrest records, and restoring licenses. Prevent evictions for veterans that are in-between jobs and are at-risk of facing homelessness while trying to find a job or just beginning employment.

There are nearly 22 million veterans in the United States, with approximately 2 million veterans living within the state of California. What is troubling are the nationwide projections that 1 in 4 of the homeless population is a veteran due to issues with finding employment, physical disability, and mental health. Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency.


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