Advocates for the homeless in Washington, D.C., recently reported that their number of people needing help reached a five-year high. That is why DWT's Washington, D.C., office, which has a longstanding relationship with Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (WLCH), staffs at least one client "intake" session a month and handles individual cases for those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. These engagements can range from informal phone calls to representation in administrative proceedings, all the way to appearances in appellate court. DWT stepped up its commitment to WLCH in 2019, providing 200 hours of pro bono service.
Dan Reing, who coordinates DWT's relationship with WLCH, helped provide further volunteer support to the clinic by establishing a collaborative pro bono partnership in 2018 with DWT client Comcast. Comcast volunteers are paired with those from DWT to staff intakes and work cases. In one example of the success of this arrangement, K.C. Halm and Comcast attorneys Leslie Moylan and Ryan Wallach successfully advocated for a settlement with the D.C. government to ensure that a pro bono client and his two young daughters had continued access to subsidized housing after his eligibility rights were questioned.