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Human Services : Homeless Services

National Homelessness Law Center

Lawyers working to end homelessness

three stars

82.69

2000 M Street NW Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 638-2535   Web Site
EIN: 52-1633883

Board Leadership
Eric A. Bensky
Chair

CEO
Maria Foscarinis
Founder, Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.69 three stars
  Financial 76.55 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The National Homelessness Law Center (formerly the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty) was established in 1989 by Maria Foscarinis, a lawyer who has been working to end homelessness at the national level since 1985. The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the organization pursues three main strategies: impact litigation; policy advocacy; and public education. The Law Center strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the organization aims to address homelessness as a very visible manifestation of deeper causes, including the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income, and inadequate social services.

The National Homelessness Law Center (formerly the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty) was established in 1989 by Maria Foscarinis, a lawyer who has been working to end homelessness at the national level since 1985. The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the organization pursues three main strategies: impact litigation; policy advocacy; and public education. The Law Center strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the organization aims to address homelessness as a very visible manifestation of deeper causes, including the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income, and inadequate social services.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2019
Number of advocate or trained spokesperson citations in the media
291
Number of new advocates recruited
253
Number of policies formally blocked
203
Number of policies formally established
17
Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs
5
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

76.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
81.7%
  Administrative Expenses 8.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.21
  Program Expenses Growth -0.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Homelessness Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Homelessness Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Homelessness Law Center (DC) 82.69 three stars
One Family (MA) 99.37 four stars
Shelter Partnership (CA) 92.72 four stars
Building Changes (WA) 90.50 four stars
National Alliance to End Homelessness (DC) 95.58 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $628,894
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $628,894
   Program Service Revenue $5,388
Total Primary Revenue $634,282
   Other Revenue $324,614
TOTAL REVENUE $958,896
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $807,729
   Administrative Expenses $88,860
   Fundraising Expenses $84,542
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $981,131
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-22,235
   
Net Assets $218,472

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Human Rights Program $250,999 31.1%
Children and Youth Program $169,294 21.0%
Housing Program $162,269 20.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 07/01/2020 82.69 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2020 82.99 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 81.29 three stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 83.92 three stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 83.68 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 77.45 two stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 77.35 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 79.33 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 75.69 two stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 71.47 two stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 86.02 three stars
2011-12 10/01/2012 85.22 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 81.68 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 74.43 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 66.28 one star
2007-12 03/01/2009 88.00 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 90.13 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 95.03 four stars
2004-12 03/01/2006 88.53 three stars
2003-12 06/01/2005 95.73 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 52-1633883
Name in IRS Master File NATIONAL LAW CENTER ON HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (461) Other litigation or support of litigation
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$97,251 9.91% Maria Foscarinis Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
National Homelessness Law Center (DC) 82.69 three stars
One Family (MA) 99.37 four stars
Building Changes (WA) 90.50 four stars
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (IL) 100.00 four stars
National Alliance to End Homelessness (DC) 95.58 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

National Homelessness Law Center
2000 M Street NW
Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 638-2535
fax: (202) 628-2737
EIN: 52-1633883

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Board Leadership

Eric A. Bensky
Chair

CEO

Maria Foscarinis
Founder, Executive Director

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