The purpose of the Coalition is to engage HLS students in issues surrounding homelessness through community advocacy and volunteering with Y2Y Harvard Square. By supporting and supplementing the work Y2Y does by serving homeless youth, members of the Coalition will better understand the issues and needs of people experiencing homelessness, will be better equipped to advocate on behalf of those needs and will become a part of a movement for young adult drive solutions to homelessness.
Three avenues of support
- Legal representation and referrals through the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
- Coordinating student organizations, clinics, and outside organizations to provide services and workshops
- Policy advocacy and events to raise awareness at the law school and in the community
Y2Y Harvard Square is the first student=run youth homeless shelter in the nation. Y2Y employs a youth-to-youth model to provide sanctuary, pathways out of homelessness, and advocacy for guests ages 18-24.
Harvard Legal Aid Bureau provides a variety of civil legal aid services to shelter guests, including referrals and representation on housing, employment, disability, and family law cases.
Lambda volunteers assist shelter guests with obtaining and modifying state driver’s licenses and other forms of identification.