We champion equal justice for homeless, low-income individuals and remedy the conditions that burden and marginalize them.
90% of America's civil legal aid need goes unmet, but that's not the case with our Beacon Law program. In addition to staff attorneys and paralegals, volunteer lawyers help Beacon Law meet the legal needs of Houston's homeless.
To apply for legal services, you can do one of two things:
1. Ask your case manager at one of our partner agencies to help with submitting an application. They will have access to the on-line application.
2. Sign up at The Beacon Day Center on Fridays between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and ask for legal intake. Staff with gather basic information on your legal needs. This information will be screened for eligibility and conflicts at a later date and cases will be worked on a first come, first served basis.
Types of services:
ID restoration including but not limited to resolving driver's license holds, replacement of immigration documents, and name change (for purposes of obtaining ID)
Clearing criminal history (expunctions and non-disclosures)
Social Security benefits appeals
Limited family law (uncontested pro se divorce and child support modification)
Housing law including evictions
Limited wills and estates (small estate affidavits and estate planning)
Resolved more than 1,600 legal cases last year
Helped realize over $596,000 in direct benefits to clients
More than 1,000 individuals who visited ClearYourRecordHarrisCounty.org were eligible to clear their criminal record