Along with the inability to purchase or obtain basic living arrangements and food, low income and indigent individuals and families are commonly victims of violence, fraud and preventable illnesses. Statistics from the Center for American Progress show that 17% of Florida’s population lives below the poverty line with over 24% of children under the age of 18 in families experiencing these dire circumstances.
Not surprisingly, low income people are unable to adequately afford legal representation to help defend themselves against violent individuals, dishonest landlords and unreasonable denials of services and benefits. Reports from around the country confirm that the overwhelming majority of indigent persons lack access to basic legal services that could result in fewer evictions, safer homes and healthier children. This “justice gap” as a California Commission on legal services for the indigent termed it, exists in Florida as well. It is the mission of the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society to bring basic legal services to the indigent, low income and veterans of our community to foster independence, stabilize families and offer solutions and increased opportunities for a better life.
You can help your community and be a positive influence in many people’s lives by providing a consultation, representation to a client, or a financial contribution. By supporting the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, your efforts will:
- Protect spouses and children from domestic violence and abuse
- Assist low income families, disabled individuals and the elderly obtain valuable benefits
- Work with homeless individuals on legal issues to help them obtain essential services, preserve shelter and other matters to boost self-sufficiency
- Be the positive change in someone’s life.