Project Areas

In summer 2016, J-SUP launched our successful pilot program (2 weeks of representing homeless clients in Boulder Municipal Court and often with other related legal issues), and in summer 2017 for five Mondays over five weeks, (July-August) J-SUP volunteer attorneys represent indigent clients in Municipal Court while the CU Law School’s Criminal Defense Clinic students are away.

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Emergent cases and crises arise from correlated needs of the homeless population. J-SUP gets involved and collaborates with other non-profits working in this area, including: drafting an operating manual for the latest summer sheltering program “Path to Home” (See Path to Home – Boulder Bridge House); representing clients in CU Exclusions and related due process violations; providing mental and physical health connections, identifying and addressing disability-related issues, such as ensuring translators/interpreters for the hearing impaired.

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Under the mentorship of Susan Tattershall of Colorado Legal Services in Denver, J-SUP has initiated a Boulder-based means for clients to obtain Colorado Identification Cards—necessary to obtain health-related services, employment, and housing.

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Facilitating trainings for advocates in the areas of expungement/sealing of criminal records and how to obtain Colorado Identification Card for a homeless person—pertinent to getting a job and a home—and representation of defendants in Municipal Court.

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9 Ways to Help End the Cycle of Homelessness

Boulder currently aggressively enforces its anti-camping law. People can be arrested for sleeping outside when there’s nowhere else to go.

Having an ID Card is critical to obtain various benefits, including disability, medical care, jobs, and housing.

Disability and poverty can often lead to homelessness. Many indigent people may depend on government benefits. Applying for benefits is a difficult process that can take years when not done right from the start. Attorneys can help prepare applications to avoid these delays.

Minor offenses like smoking, drinking and urinating in public become costly to defend and perpetuate homelessness.

By decriminalizing homelessness at the policy level, we create opportunities for people to break the cycle.

There are many homeless youth in Boulder County who face special problems. 61% of the homeless in our area are families with minor children. We’re here to advocate for these families and youth.

especially as it affects homeless youth

Having year-round shelter and safe storage for personal belongings can help alleviate the burdens of homelessness.

We promote awareness to help the community come together in understanding the plight of the homeless.

Community Resources

We work with the following organizations to help provide needed services to the unhoused in Boulder County.