VNB Community Counts--June 19th

The Legal Aid Justice Center is non-profit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people throughout Central Virginia. We also have several special projects to assist vulnerable populations statewide, JustChildren, the Immigrant Advocacy Program, the Elder Law Initiative and the Virginia Institutionalized Persons Project. We are on the web at www.justice4all.org.

What types of cases do your attorneys handle? We have more than 30 case handlers in four offices who take cases related to housing, employment, public benefits, wage claims, quality of care in nursing homes, special education, school discipline, juvenile justice, treatment in institutions, consumer protection, and more.

How is the current economic downturn affecting the Legal Aid Justice Center? In this economic downturn our low-income neighbors are being hit the hardest, and we are seeing increases in the demand for our services. Evictions are up, home foreclosures are up, consumer scams are growing and claims for unemployment are skyrocketing. Many of our clients are living paycheck to paycheck and any one of these problems could mean disaster. Our staff is scrambling to keep up with the growing demand and working to fix broken systems like Virginia’s unemployment system.

Is there anything else you want the public to know about the Legal Aid Justice Center? This is such an important time for the community support organizations who provide services to the the low-income community. The Legal Aid Justice Center relies on individuals and private foundations for more than 55% of our operating costs. In order to keep up with the growing need, we need community support now more than ever. If folks want to make a contribution, the can do so on our website at www.justice4all.org or call us at 977-0553 ext. 101.


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