Tori Larson

  • Hosted by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Sponsored by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Service location San Francisco, California
  • Law school University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • Issue area Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Tori will provide accessible and culturally competent legal services to the Bay Area’s homeless population through direct services, local policy advocacy to decriminalize homelessness, and community partnerships.

There is a homelessness crisis in the Bay Area – in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, there are over 13,000 homeless individuals. Instead of providing solutions that uphold the rights of people experiencing homelessness, cities throughout the Bay Area have created policies that criminalize the very act of being homeless, thus exacerbating the crisis. Homeless communities face numerous legal issues, such as losing their property in forced encampment evictions, or having their vehicles towed away. Yet there are no accessible legal services available to them, especially to unsheltered homeless individuals.

Tori sees homelessness as the intersection of classism, racism, ableism, homophobia, and substance use issues, which all currently plague the United States. Firmly believing that all people experiencing homelessness deserve justice, she has interned with a number of legal organizations in the Bay Area that provide legal services to homeless communities.

Fellowship Plans

Tori will address the homelessness crisis in the Bay Area in three ways. First, she will provide accessible direct legal services to people experiencing homelessness through a mobile legal clinic that visits encampments in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, and at a weekly legal clinic in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Next, drawing on the needs and experiences of those clients, she will engage in local policy advocacy centered on decriminalizing homelessness. Finally, she will work to strengthen cross-county community partnerships dedicated to ending homelessness.

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