Human Services : Homeless Services

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

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 Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (the Law Center) 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 Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (the Law Center) 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 2018
Number of advocate or trained spokesperson citations in the media
233
Number of new advocates recruited
800
Number of policies formally blocked
78
Number of policies formally established
6
Number of policy guidelines or proposals developed
15
Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs
5
This impact information is current as of March 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 Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
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

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$97,251 9.91% Maria Foscarinis Executive Director

Mission

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (the Law Center) 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.

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Charity Contact Info

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
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