Mission: The mission of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty.
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s vision is for every person to have the basic necessities of life, including safe affordable housing, access to health care, economic security, secure immigration status, an appropriate education and freedom from violence and abuse.
We strive to empower people to overcome the causes and effects of poverty so they can participate in their community with dignity and respect.
We seek to remove barriers related to poverty, disability, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status through community education, legal representation, systemic advocacy and collaboration with community partners.
Results: Since our founding hundreds of thousands of vulnerable and low income families have been able to stay in affordable homes and/or overcome food insecurity; children have been able to access health care coverage and medical care; adult, teen and senior survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse have been able to stabilize their lives and live in safety.
Target demographics: create the community we all want to see and fight social injustice for people living in poverty
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2400 clients in 2015
Geographic areas served: San Mateo County
Programs: legal advice, representation and education
I cannot say enough good things about the staff at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. They are kind, caring people with hearts of gold. The services they provide to the members of our community fill a need like no other organization in the area. San Mateo County is truly lucky to have a partner in the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.
With the few resources available to them, Legal Aid changes lives every day. They are a group of amazing lawyers and support staff who give their all to their low-income clients and are heros in the legal non-profit world.