CPLP's mission is to improve access to legal services for low-income Coloradans by: 1) providing legal advice and representation, through our staff attorneys and volunteer network of over 300 attorneys, to low-income individuals; 2) educating and counseling individuals and their support organizations on legal issues common to low-income Coloradans; and 3) supporting groups advocating for protective laws and procedures.
CPLP traces its origin to a monthly legal clinic operated by CPLP's founders that started in 2005. The legal clinic, housed at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) Stout Street Health Center in Denver, was designed as a place for volunteer attorneys to assist CCH clients with legal issues. Volunteer attorneys helped CCH clients with all kinds of legal issues, from obtaining and maintaining government benefits to family law and custody issues, to civil rights and housing issues.
As attendance at these clinics grew, CPLP incorporated in 2014 and became an official program of the Denver Bar Association's Access to Justice Commission. To this day, CPLP continues operating the CCH legal clinic, every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
In 2015, CPLP expanded its activities to accommodate the increased need in the area of affordable housing area. In 2019, CPLP formalized its expertise in housing law and created a "Just Housing" initiative to concentrate on serving individuals and the community more broadly. Under this umbrella, CPLP has sponsored many seminars and continuing legal education (CLE) programs for attorneys and supportive service providers, educating them on recent changes in tenants' rights and housing law.
In 2020, CPLP launched its "Mobile Home Initiative" pilot program in Adams County, Colorado, which assists mobile home community residents. In 2021, CPLP more than tripled in size, hiring six full-time staff members, including four housing attorneys, a paralegal, and a policy and advocacy attorney.
All CPLP services are provided free of charge. Representation is provided by staff attorneys and our expansive network of volunteer attorneys. The organization is led by our founders, board members, and our full-time Deputy Executive Director Shannon MacKenzie, who all have been integral to CPLP's accomplishments and development.
CPLP does not collect testimonials from the clients it serves.