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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support, Human Services, Legal Services

Mission: Lafla seeks to achieve equal justice for poor and low-income people in greater los angeles. We change lives through direct representation, systems change and community education. To achieve our mission, lafla's expert team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff work

Programs: Preserving the home: (housing and community economic development) advocates provided legal assistance in housing (e. G. , uninhabitable dwellings, evictions, foreclosure, other threats to homeownership, section 8 preservation); assistance to those who were homeless or threatened with homelessness; assistance that enhanced safety and security in residential housing and low income communities subject to crime and violence; community economic development addressing the lack of affordable housing and displacement due to redevelopment; environmental issues (e. G. , lead/toxics); housing discrimination. This program worked on 5,991 cases in 260 days.

support for families (family law & immigration law): advocates provided legal assistance that supported the integrity, safety, and well-being of the family including, child care; access/information re: community and financial resources; domestic violence, child support, custody issues; education; naturalization and immigration services. This program worked on 1,979 cases in 260 days.

maintaining economic stability (government benefits, employment and consumer law): advocates assisted clients to obtain unemployment benefits, disability, aid to needy families/children/individuals and other benefits which preserve a source of income and support for families and individuals; and assisted clients with consumer issues threatening basic economic stability, e. G. , consumer fraud, credit, and access to financial resources; job development, training and education issues; wage claims and employment discrimination; removing barriers to employment. This program woked on 2,819 cases in 260 days.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I assisted with fundraising for LAFLA's Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project. The project secures government benefits for the thousands of homeless veterans in LA. The program also provides legal advice and assists veterans in filing VA claims. As a volunteer, I organized a raffle and solicited donations from colleagues at work to pay for a full time organizer for the project. Currently, I am helping plan a summer fundraiser for the project which will help subsidize much needed resources.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Bill Smith Veteran's Project provides invaluable help to disabled Veterans in need. I've personally worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, who run this program, on other public benefits projects and found their dedication and expertise to be unparalleled. Without their hard work, many Veterans would be unable to obtain essential benefits that they are owed.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LAFLA seems like a great organization. I look forward to getting more involved with LAFLA generally, and the Bill Smith Homeless Veteran's Project, specificaly.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of serving the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles on a volunteer basis. The organization offers a multitude of invaluable services. More recently, I have helped the organization raise funds for its admirable Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project, which provides much-needed aid to veterans and their families. At a time when our nation is fighting two wars abroad, it is especially imperative that we do everything in our power to help veterans as they transition back to civilian life rather than simply forget them. With a large veteran population in the region, the growth of this project would go a long way towards that goal.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles ("LAFLA") is a great organization. I've been fortunate enough to be a part of it for several years now through the Associates Advisory Board and have really enjoyed my experience. Everyone that I've met at LAFLA has been really nice and helpful and they do great work in our community. One of their projects is the Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project, which is an excellent program and I'm glad that I've been able to raise money for this cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is tremendous organization. I have had the privilege of serving on its Associates Advisory Board ("AAB") since 2005. AAB members support LAFLA by increasing pro bono participation at Los Angeles are law firms, staffing LAFLA's Victims of Crime Immigration Clinic, and fundraising. For the past two years, proceeds generated from the AAB's Associates Campaign have supported LAFLA's Homeless Veterans Project. This is a wonderful clinic that provides much needed assistance to service men and women who have fallen on hard times.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles ("LAFLA") for several years. I began as a volunteer, participating in one if the many legal clinics that LAFLA runs throughout the city. At the clinics, I met several clients who were desparately in need of legal services. I served as a pro bono attorney, working in conjunction with LAFLA in defense of multiple unlawful detainer cases. Today I am a member of LAFLA's Associate Advisory Board. LAFLA is a wonderful organization that provides much needed services to some of the city's more indigent. LAFLA has touched the lives of so many people and deserves the highest praise. Specifically, LAFLA's Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project works to protect veterans and their families by securing government benefits, and medical care and services, while stabilizing their living situation. This project is critical to preserve some of the most basic rights and needs of Los Angeles' homeless veterans.