We are excited to announce the 2018 Goldmark Equal Justice Intern, Kate Means. Kate, a second year law student at the University of Seattle, will join the Seattle Community Law Center’s Disabled Homeless Advocacy Program (DHAP) for a 10-week internship.
With DHAP, Kate will assist people living with disabilities who are homeless with their claims for Social Security Benefits (SSI or SSDI). Nearly 44% of people who are homeless in Washington State live in King County, and the rate of severe disabilities among the homeless population is staggering. DHAP works to ensure that people who are disabled and homeless have the support of an advocate to help them gain economic and medical stability.
Kate has a demonstrated commitment to social justice that makes her a great fit for the Goldmark Equal Justice Internship. She recently completed an internship with the Legal Action Center, a program of Catholic Community Service that helps low-income families facing eviction. Additionally, Kate has volunteered for Be:Seattle’s Tenant Rights Boot Camps and conducted research on the rights of those experiencing homelessness. Kate brings a strong passion for housing justice and disability services, and she views civil legal aid as critical to providing a more even footing for the most vulnerable people within the legal system.