The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center rehabilitation program addresses the physical, medical and psychological needs of the participants. The Clinic, as one more tool in the continuum of treatment, addresses the legal needs thereby enabling participants to become independent, fully functioning members of mainstream society. The Clinic’s outreach program into the broader community provides free legal assistance to individuals from Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties who live at or below the national poverty guidelines. Just recently, the Michigan State Bar Foundation granted the Clinic $10,000 to assist clients with financial issues including credit card debt, identity theft, eviction and foreclosures.
The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic exists to address the legal problems of the indigent population of The Salvation Army Harbor Light treatment facilities, those receiving social services from the various Salvation Army corps and those living in poverty within the greater community to the end that all may serve as productive, self-sufficient members of society, free from legal entanglements.
Ensures legal representation for needy people
Addresses an unmet need – no other legal aid service is offered as part of a comprehensive, rehabilitation program
Educates clients with regard to their legal rights and obligations
Eliminates legal problems as causal factors preventing individuals from re-entering society as gainfully employed responsible citizens who have broken the cycle of poverty and dependency.
Attorney at Law
Harbor Light Center
Detroit, Michigan 48208
Tel: (313) 361-6340
Fax: (313) 361-6348
The Clinic utilizes Student Staff Attorneys from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Wayne State University Law School and Ave Maria School of Law who work as law school externs and receive course credit or work part-time for a minimal stipend. The students conduct interviews, do research and are allowed to appear in court under the direct supervision of a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Additional staffing is provided by former students who volunteer their time without receiving credit and pro bono attorneys. This educational initiative reduces staffing expense while providing the students with a broader knowledge and experience in the field of poverty law. As future leaders and legal professionals, the program increases the students’ level of sensitivity and awareness of community service needs.