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Jeremy Rosen

  • Hosted by National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
  • Sponsored by Gandolfo DiBlasi, Hogan & Hartson L.L.P., Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school The George Washington University Law School
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness, Public Benefits/Welfare Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2000
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Jeremy increased access to disability benefits for people experiencing homelessness who are unable to manage the bureaucracy needed to obtain benefits they are qualified for.

Many homeless people who should qualify for disability benefits are unable to get through the process to receive benefits, and many homeless service providers do not understand how to help them get the income they so desperately need to pay rent or other housing.  This project was designed to work with the Social Security Administration and homeless service providers to increase access to benefits for homeless persons.

Fellowship Highlights

During his Fellowship, Jeremy:

  • Obtained $30 million in funding from Congress to fund SSI access demonstration programs for people experiencing homelessness
  • Worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to design a manual and training curriculum for homeless service providers to help them assist clients with SSI applications and appeals
  • Wrote several articles for legal journals advising legal services attorneys on how to help homeless clients access public benefits

Next Steps 

Jeremy serves as Director of Economic Justice at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. Jeremy is a career civil and human rights lawyer. Most recently, he helped form the Iowa Housing Partnership—Iowa’s first statewide affordable housing coalition. While Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa, he fought for workplace justice and other civil rights and liberties issues. Before moving to Iowa, Jeremy spent 15 years in Washington D.C. doing legal and lobbying work to ensure people with low income and people experiencing homelessness could access public benefits and affordable housing. Jeremy worked to ensure people were not criminalized simply for being homeless. He began his career as a public benefits attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami. In his spare time, Jeremy has coached Little League Baseball for 17 years.


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