We started Street Democracy to bring legal services to the homeless wherever they are.
We realized that legal issues are not the only bars jailing our clients, that unless we addressed underlying causes of their poverty, we were merely performing legal triage. We needed to work smarter.
By partnering with social service agencies, we can provide coordinated human and legal services to make our clients’ progress permanent.
Guided by our clients’ experiences, we advocate for systemic reforms that promote the equitable administration of governance.
“People always tell me, 'Thank you for your service,' but I want to thank you for your service.” - Wyatt S.
A proposal to require that all tenants in eviction cases be served with a locally-developed "Rights & Resources" page
A pilot project in Hamtramck incorporating rehabilitative principles into alternative sentences
A survey of Detroit-area district courts to identify potential procedural and sentencing irregularities
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Charles directs our legal services programs. He spends his spare time representing K-12 kids at expulsion hearings or on his board.
After a year as a housing advocate in South Africa, Amina came back to Michigan to head our Court Watch project.
Jayesh leads our advocacy projects, manages the team, and faces constant ridicule from his family and friends for his undying commitment to the uniform.