About Cy Pres and Other Court Awards
Courts across the country have directed cy pres and court awards to programs that provide legal services to people experiencing poverty, like the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, recognizing that these programs serve an important societal purpose and are well-managed, non-partisan, nonprofit organizations that provide effective services to the community, the courts, and their clients.
Founded in 1989, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C., is the only national organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to end and prevent homelessness. Partnering with pro bono attorneys, we bring high impact litigation, lead and support federal, state and local advocacy campaigns, and educate providers, advocates and the public. Our work creates homes and communities for families, children, veterans, elderly and disabled people experiencing homelessness using surplus government property, improves access to housing for domestic violence survivors and their children, secures education rights for children experiencing homelessness, and protects human rights and dignity by striking down laws that prevent people experiencing homelessness from voting and that punish them for their homelessness. Our work affects millions of Americans each year.
Some of the ways the courts have helped groups like the Law Center fulfill their mission:
Past Cy Pres Awards
Thanks to Law Center Board Member Jeffrey Simes and his partners at Goodwin Procter LLP, the Law Center received $11,633 in Dowd v. Alliance Mortgage Company (2011).