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Beacon Law

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.

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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)

Recent Achievements

  • 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 were eligible to clear their criminal record

Join our Pro Bono Team! 

Attorneys licensed to practice in the state of Texas can help

by taking on simple cases that can changes a person's life!  

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