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.
Professional with expertise in this field,03/29/2010
I am an attorney accredited to represent veterans before the V.A. I also supervise a monthly free legal clinic for homeless veterans at the V.A. facilities in West Los Angeles. For the past six months, LAFLA's staff atty that specializes in veterans' benefits issues has provided critical support at this monthly clinic. During this period, the number of vets who appear at the clinic with benefits issues has more than tripled -- this is entiely due to the expert counselling provided by LAFLA's staff attorney. At every clinic, veterans now inform me that their primary motivation for coming to the clinic is to obtain benefits counselling and, if necessary, representation. We are then able to address other legal issues that impede the ability of these veterans to stand up on their own two feet.
LAFLA contribution to my monthly clinic is invaluable. LAFLA justly deserves your support.
Professional with expertise in this field,03/06/2010
LAFLA's work with homeless veterans is top-notch. Not only does LAFLA posses tremendous expertise in this area, it delivers that expertise in a way that really empowers the recipients. Plus they do a great job of training and mentoring volunteers.