Public Benefits

Public Benefits

ICLC combats homelessness and poverty by helping people access public benefits designed to prevent or help end homelessness. Many benefits programs have complex eligibility rules and burdensome reporting requirements which make them difficult for people to access. ICLC provides free legal services to help eligible homeless and low-income clients living with disabilities navigate these complexities and apply for the benefits to which they are entitled. Our benefits advocacy focuses on the following:

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)

Since 2017, ICLC has worked with Los Angeles County’s Countywide Benefits Entitlement Services Team (CBEST) to help homeless clients with disabilities apply for SSI, SSDI, and CAPI benefits. Each of these programs has slightly different eligibility requirements which can be difficult to navigate without proper training and background.

The CBEST team at ICLC provides technical support and training to CBEST benefits advocates at nine partner nonprofit agencies across Los Angeles County so that these advocates can directly assist clients in applying for disability benefits. Our CBEST team also represents clients in appeals hearings to challenge incorrect denials of benefits.

Veterans Benefits

ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project helps veterans obtain disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Information about ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project can be found here.

Benefits Advocacy for HIV+ Clients

ICLC provides assistance with a wide array of benefits to clients who are HIV positive or living with AIDS. More information about ICLC’s HIV/AIDS work can be found here.

Benefits Advocacy for Clients Experiencing Homelessness

ICLC’s Lawyers Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project (PEHP) provides assistance with a wide array of benefits to clients who are currently experiencing homelessness. 

For more information about how you can help with these projects, please visit our Get Involved page or contact our director of pro bono at For more information about how Inner City Law Center can help you, please visit our Get Help page.