Antonia Fasanelli is the Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. (HPRP), Maryland’s only legal services organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness. HPRP's mission is to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for low-income persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. HPRP staff and over 400 volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services through outreach in shelters, soup kitchens, welfare offices, community centers and on the street. HPRP’s direct representation informs broader-based systemic advocacy and impact litigation to address the root causes of homelessness.
During her nine-year tenure, Ms. Fasanelli has overseen the development of innovative projects providing legal assistance to homeless veterans, and homeless youth—as well as systemic initiatives including supporting the judiciary in the creation of court programs for homeless people and veterans, advancing policy improvements for homeless youth, victims of domestic violence, and low-income families, and co-creating the Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing. HPRP is recognized as a leader in not only the provision of legal services to vulnerable people, but as an organization committed to changing the systems that contribute to poverty and homelessness.
Prior to her role at HPRP, Ms. Fasanelli led the Affordable Housing Initiative at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, in which she advised, represented, or consulted on the representation of tenants and tenant associations at risk of displacement from over 3,000 units of affordable housing. From 2011-2014, Ms. Fasanelli was Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, of which she had been a Commissioner since July 2009. She is currently co-Chair of the Economic Justice Committee of the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice. From November 2010 to June 2014, she was a member of the Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Pro Bono and from 2014 to 2016, was a member of the Journey Home Board, which oversaw Baltimore City’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness and became the Continuum of Care Board. In 2013, Ms. Fasanelli was chosen as a Leading Woman by The Daily Record and in 2011, Ms. Fasanelli was a recipient of the Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record. On December 5, 2016, Ms. Fasanelli received the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation.
Ms. Fasanelli received her J.D. magna cum laude from the Washington College of Law, American University in 2001 and her B.A. cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1996. From 2001 to 2002, Ms. Fasanelli was a law clerk to The Honorable Barefoot Sanders of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Prior to law school, Ms. Fasanelli was an Americorps*VISTA Outreach Coordinator at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.
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