Aim of this project
This project aims to explore the capacity of homeless people in NSW to:
- obtain legal assistance (including legal information, basic legal advice, initial legal assistance and legal representation)
- participate effectively in the legal system (including courts and tribunals)
- obtain assistance in legal processes from non-legal advocacy and support agencies (including non-legal early intervention).
It also examines the role of non-legal support workers and agencies in assisting homeless people to identify and address their legal issues. A separate study will examine the capacity of homeless and other disadvantaged groups to participate in law reform processes. Before considering these issues in more detail, it is important to discuss how ‘homelessness’ has been defined in this study.