Max Tipping

  • Hosted by Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Service location Washington, District of Columbia
  • Law school The George Washington University Law School
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

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 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.

Next Steps

Max currently works as the policy director at Community Spring, an organization he cofounded.

Media

My Impact: A Conversation with 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellow Max Tipping

Advocacy Group Details Shortfalls of Program for D.C.’s Homeless

DC rapid rehousing: In need of improvement, or the end of the road?

Report faults D.C.’s assessment of ‘rapid rehousing’ program

D.C.’s Most Widely-Used Program To Move Homeless Families Into Housing Is Failing, Says Advocacy Group

New Community Spring aims to dismantle poverty

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