They have been profiled on television, radio and in the newspaper. PBSC law student volunteers, lawyer supervisors and community organizations providing a basic yet critical service to homeless and marginally housed individuals — helping complete application forms for identification documents. Building on a successful pilot project in spring 2016, we now have PBSC ID Project locations in London, Kingston, Ottawa, Windsor, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria.
In addition, two specialty clinics launched in October 2017. The ID Project: Trans Youth is a partnership with SKETCH, a Toronto-based organization that engages street-involved youth through the arts. The Trans Youth Clinic is providing free legal information, form-filling services and referrals in a safe, queer-positive, non-judgmental, anti-oppressive and inclusive space. Students and lawyers assist trans folks with name change and gender marker change applications. The ID Project: Young Mothers is a pilot project in partnership with Humewood House, a service provider to pregnant and parenting young women. Many young mothers need replacement identification for themselves and for their children in order to access a variety of support services.
The application fees associated with applying for identification remain an obstacle for many of our ID Project clients. Several of the ID Projects are therefore researching fee waivers possibilities and/or fundraising to further assist clients.
Check out a few examples of the media coverage at our UBC chapter, Windsor chapter and Ottawa Common chapter.