Homeless Legal Clinic

The Homeless Legal Clinic (HLC) was established in the Spring of 1990 in an effort to address the legal needs of homeless people in Rhode Island. The HLC relies on volunteers to provide legal services to the homeless without charge. The objective of the HLC is to serve in an outreach capacity by seeking out homeless and at risk clients at RI shelters. The HLC can provide direct legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney or may be unable to travel to a legal assistance office, are unaware such services exist or may be apprehensive about visiting a lawyer's office.


The Homeless Legal Clinic Program is funded largely in part from a generous grant by the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. We thank the Bar Association for their support and our volunteer attorneys without whom the Homeless Legal Clinic could not exist.


The services now are being held at Harrington Hall and Crossroads only. 


The clinics are currently staffed by Attorney, Phillip Weistein and Attorney Dena Paolino.

The clinics continue to run smoothly due to the dedication of the volunteer attorneys, volunteer law students, and shelter liaisons.


The clinics are open to all individuals who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. To sign up for an upcoming legal clinic, or to bring a clinic to your site, please contact our Community Programs Manager Melissa Cruz at melissa@rihomeless.org and Community Programs Analyst, VISTA Shirley Jones at shirley@rihomeless.org



Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless

1070 Main St, Suite 304, Pawtucket, RI 02860, USA

(401) 721-5685

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For immediate shelter call our CES help line at 401-277-4316

M – F: 9AM – 9PM

Holidays & Weekends: 2PM – 9PM 

We currently serve the following languages:

English, Spanish, Portuguese, & Haitian Creole

If it is not safe for you to call, or if you simply don't have the time, please fill out this form and we will call/text/email you back (usually within 2 days)

Please only call or submit your information above.