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. However, there is a justice gap in Marin. 7 out of 10 of Marin County’s poorest residents experiencing a legal problem do not receive individualized legal assistance. This means that there are nearly 14,000 civil legal problems not addressed each year.
We will support critical legal services, in areas such as eviction assistance, immigration, and employment/labor disputes, that prevent low-income people from falling into poverty. Addressing these specific problems through legal aid has the ripple effect of offering significant individual and community benefits, including higher incomes, better access to benefits, increased family stability, and homelessness prevention. We will also explore opportunities to encourage local pro-bono engagement by Marin’s legal community.
This initiative uses an invitation-only application process. The next proposals will be invited 21 August 2017 and will be due by September 29, 2017. A final decision is expected by December 6, 2017.
- Canal Alliance
- Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California
- Family and Children’s Law Center
- Legal Services of Marin