Neighborhood Legal Services Association aka NLSA Overview
Target demographics: Low-income families, individuals and elderly people who have a civil legal issue which is affecting their basic needs such as housing, employment and safety.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 21,501 clients were served in the last fiscal year.
Geographic areas served: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties in Southwest Pennsylvania
Staffed by highly qualified lawyers, deeply committed to the practice of poverty law, NLSA attorneys sacrifice higher salaries available to private practitioners and lawyers employed in the public sector in order to provide legal assistance to people who cannot afford a lawyer.
All of the cases that NLSA handles have reached a crisis stage that threatens the fundamental safety and security of low-income individuals living in our community. These issues involve the basic essentials of life such as: the ability to maintain housing; obtaining or maintaining essential benefits to the disabled and children; employment practices; child custody and visitation issues; and protection from abuse and neglect. Although NLSA typically works case by case, its positive impact is cumulative. Generally, legal assistance for one person improves the lives of entire families. When families live in adequate housing, with essential benefits intact, predatory lenders at bay, and fear of domestic violence reduced or eliminated, communities are stabilized -- benefiting to our entire region.