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Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Inc

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Causes: Crime & Law, Public Interest Law

Mission: Gbla's mission is to "promote social change and justice by providing high quality legal services to kern county's low-income and elderly. "

Programs: Legal services corporation provides free legal aid in civil matters to low-income individuals and families throughout kern county. Core areas of practice include health law, housing and homelessness, family and children services, domestic violence, guardianship, consumer law, and elder law.

first 5 kern domestic violence reduction project: a program co-located at family resource centers throughout kern county that prevents children, ages 0-5, from further exposure to violence in the home through the full range of legal representation. Guardianship caregiver project: a program that assists grandparents and other caregivers with obtaining a legal guardianship so children in their care, ages 0-5, can be enrolled in school and receive medical care.

state bar of californiafunds from the state bar are used to support the community homeless law center (funded by hud), a program focused on removing legal barriers that are prohibiting the homeless from securing housing and jobs; it is also used to support older american act projects such as the seniors law center and the grandparent guardianship program as well as other similar projects of gbla.

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