By: Alex KF Doolittle, Executive Director of Seattle Community Law Center
I believe that homelessness is a symptom of poverty. Homelessness occurs to the most vulnerable among us, and yet, a lot of people are closer to homelessness than they think. Depending on the source of the research, roughly one-third of Americans are just one paycheck away from the streets. The reasons that people are homeless are many and varied, and this is where legal aid helps. Loss of income, landlord disputes, and foreclosures are all examples of hardships that can cause one to become homeless, and they are all examples of civil problems that legal aid helps low-income people solve.