ILNews

Initiative to provide legal assistance for homeless veterans looking for additional help

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Continuing its effort to secure on-going legal services for homeless veterans in Indianapolis, the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation of Indiana is seeking the assistance of a consultant.

In September, the non-profit along with a small group of local attorneys made a public call for proposals, a Request for Good Ideas, on providing legal help for veterans struggling to become self-sufficient. The request garnered proposals from Indiana Legal Services, Inc., and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic as well as individual attorneys.

After examining the proposals, the HVAF and the attorneys involved have decided to enlist the help of someone who has both expertise and 20 to 30 hours to devote to reviewing the offers.

The HVAF is now issuing a Request for Proposals for Legal Services Consultant to help review the proposals and select the one that will best serve the needs of the veterans. 

“We think they will provide a much more in-depth and detailed and objective analysis of the options,” said Bill Moreau, partner at Barnes & Thornburg who is among the lawyers assisting HVAF.

The attorneys and HVAF want to start a program in January that will not only provide legal assistance to these veterans but will be sustainable. Veterans struggling against homelessness are often hindered in finding permanent housing by a variety of legal matters.

HVAF envisions a program that would help these veterans with filing paperwork for services with the Veterans Administration to helping resolve legal entanglements such as unpaid child support or landlord-tenant concerns.

The consultant will be tasked with several duties. These include doing an analysis of the legal issues which are most likely to confront homeless veterans; making an assessment of the costs associated with hiring a staff attorney; recommending the best approach for tracking clients from intake through the final disposition; and evaluating the proposals received.

To keep on track to have legal services in place by the start of the year, the HVAF has established a tight timeline. Consultants’ proposals are due by Nov. 28 and the consultant will be selected Nov. 30. Then the consultant’s written report is due by Dec. 17.

Interested consultants should submit a written proposal electronically to Charles Haenlein, HVAF president and CEO, at CHaenlein@hvaf.org.

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in Indiana Lawyer editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
Subscribe to Indiana Lawyer
  1. Just an aside, but regardless of the outcome, I 'm proud of Judge William Hughes. He was the original magistrate on the Home place issue. He ruled for Home Place, and was primaried by Brainard for it. Their tool Poindexter failed to unseat Hughes, who won support for his honesty and courage throughout the county, and he was reelected Judge of Hamilton County's Superior Court. You can still stand for something and survive. Thanks, Judge Hughes!

  2. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  3. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  4. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  5. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

ADVERTISEMENT