COVID-19: Legal Aid's response to the public health crisis
The health and safety of our clients, advocates, and community are a top priority for us at Community Legal Aid. We are committed to keeping you informed and updated as we continue to respond to the ever-changing landscape surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). This web page will house the most up-to-date information regarding our policies and procedures for responding to the public health crisis.
We are doing our part as a community leader to help prevent further spread of the disease. But we remain diligent in our pledge to fight for justice for our impoverished and disadvantaged neighbors.
- We are cancelling or postponing all public events through May 1st. Community members should check our online events listing for the most up-to-date list
- We have suspended walk-in applications and have closed our offices to visitors. Residents who come to a Legal Aid office to apply will be directed to apply online 24/7 or to call our HelpLine during operational hours.
- Current clients should continue to work with their attorneys as planned.
- We are still here and working for our clients. Anyone who needs legal assistance can apply online any time, day or night, or can call our HelpLine during operational hours.
- Any concerns or questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Case Priorities
In light of the public health crisis, Legal Aid is prioritizing legal issues that involve client health, safety, and ability to remain in stable housing, including:
- Domestic violence situations
- Housing issues, including avoiding homelessness, lockouts, and unsafe or unhealthy living conditions
- Unemployment assistance and other public benefits, such as food stamps and Medicaid
- Employment issues, especially as they relate to the virus
- Advanced directives and estate planning, healthcare powers of attorney, and living wills
In order to better serve these high-priority issues, Legal Aid currently is not taking cases related to the following:
- Child support
- Custody issues
- Divorce or dissolution
- Expungement or record sealing
- Probate matters
Recent News/Press Releases
You can view our most recent press releases about our response to the COVID-19 outbreak by visiting our news page.
We continue to develop educational pieces for legal issues surrounding the Coronavirus. You can see all available material here.