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MCF Strategic Plan:

Equity in Legal Protection

Affordable, quality legal and advocacy assistance can help individuals gain or maintain economic security, preserve safe housing, prevent domestic violence, and maintain other basic needs. Nonprofit legal services providers are vital partners to protect the rights of those without the economic resources, public voice, or skills to defend themselves. MCF’s funding is designed to ensure an accessible, seamless legal services system that provides quality services for low-income Marin residents so that they are more likely to receive due process under the law.

Strategy: Help low-income residents receive affordable, quality legal and advocacy services to better understand and protect their rights

MCF is funding programs that provide legal and advocacy services for low-income residents in order to achieve greater economic security, secure and safe housing, and family stability, etc. Services include eligibility in-takes and referrals, one-on-one legal advice, brief services, negotiations with opposing parties, and assistance at administrative hearings or trials.

The Foundation is also supporting outreach and education on legal and civil rights for low-income residents through group presentations, seminars, and workshops.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF’s Strategic Plan:

Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Brazilian Alliance To support mobile legal clinics for DACA applicants in Marin County. $10,000.00
Canal Alliance To provide immigration legal services and education to low-income immigrant families in the Canal and other Marin neighborhoods. $14,000.00
Canal Alliance To provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrant families in the Canal and other Marin neighborhoods. $3,500.00
Canal Alliance To provide immigration legal services to very low-income families in the Canal. $14,000.00
Canal Alliance To provide immigration legal services to very low-income families in the Canal. $6,134.00
Canal Alliance To support immigration legal services. $20,000.00
Canal Alliance To support immigration legal services. $50,000.00
Family and Children's Law Center To provide family law services to low-income families. $23,750.00
Family and Children's Law Center To provide family law services to low-income families. $58,468.00
Family and Children's Law Center To provide family law services to low-income families. $110,000.00
Family and Children's Law Center To provide family law services to low-income families. $95,000.00
Family and Children's Law Center To support family law services for low-income Marin residents. $87,000.00
Family and Children's Law Center To support family law services for low-income residents. $82,000.00
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates To support foreclosure prevention education. $22,591.00
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates To support legal services and education for foreclosure prevention. $35,000.00
Legal Aid of Marin To provide high-quality free legal services and outreach programs. $123,370.00
Legal Aid of Marin To provide legal services and education to low-income residents throughout Marin. $200,000.00
Legal Aid of Marin To provide legal services and education to low-income residents throughout Marin. $195,000.00
Legal Aid of Marin To provide legal services and education to low-income residents throughout Marin. $48,750.00
Legal Aid of Marin To support equity in legal protection. $170,000.00
Legal Aid of Marin To support legal services and education for low-income Marin residents. $170,000.00
Marin Justice Center To provide support for a coordinator. $45,000.00

Total Equity in Legal Protection Grants: $1,583,563.00