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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.

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.

sargent shriver pilotthe sargent shriver civil counsel act pilot project is a collaborative project between gbla and the kern county superior court. The purpose of the project is to provide legal representation in civil matters and improve court procedures and services to low-income litigants who are at, or below, 200% of the federal poverty level and remain unrepresented in the area of housing.

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