Newest Duffy Fellow Announced: the Homeless Advocacy Project
(Philadelphia, PA) – Attorney Neha Yadav has joined the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) as the second staff attorney to work on the organization’s nationally-renowned Veterans Project and the first Duffy Fellow at the nonprofit. Tom Duffy created the Duffy Fellowship in 2012 to assist Philadelphia’s neediest citizens by covering the cost of staff attorneys at the area’s foremost legal service nonprofit organizations. Presently, there are two other Duffy Fellows working in the city: attorney Elizabeth Oquendo of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled’s Medical Legal Partnership of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Jen Burdick, a staff attorney in the SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Unit of Community Legal Services.
Yadav, who graduated from Drexel University Law School in 2012, comes to the organization from her work at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is not entirely new to HAP, however, as she served as an intern there during her final semester in law school.
HAP has provided $50.5 million in free legal services to over 35,300 homeless individuals in Philadelphia since its founding in 1990. The Veterans Project, started in 2001, was the first program of its kind in the city and remains the only one to reach out to vets experiencing (or on the verge of facing) homelessness. The program has provided assistance to more than 2,000 veterans in the areas of benefits, claims, appeals, pension and compensation matters. Some cases have resulted in six-figure monetary awards.
The Duffy Fellowships are an extension of the mission for the Duffy firm, which works for justice on behalf of the catastrophically injured and their families in Philadelphia. To learn more about the firm, visit http://www.duffyfirm.com.
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