Mission: To provide high quality legal assistance through direct representation, education, advice, advocacy, and coordination with other community resources including law volunteers and the private bar to resolve the most important problems low income and other vulnerable populations encounter.
Programs: We provide civil legal assistance at no charge to low-income families with children, the elderly, veterans and people needing access to healthcare. The people we serve often live with the risk of losing something be it their home, job, health, safety or independence. We target people living in violence, people with an impediment to family stabilization, those that cannot find stable employment and families at risk for homelessness. Through the legal system, we can preserve the home, protect assets, stop the violence, remove employment barriers, and support families towards the goal of achieving maximum independence and safety. Last year we reached 26,176 people, advocated for 10,680 and provided legal representation to 15,496. Private attorneys donated $298,800 in services to our clients. Legal aid of the bluegrass (labg) a study conducted in 2016 concluded that for every $1 invested in legal aid of the bluegrass, $7. 45 of immediate and long-term financial benefit was returned to the community. This is equivalent to a 745% return on investment. (legal aid economic impact and social return on investment analysis; for the three years 2013-2015; community services analysis llc)labg focused reach 2017: labg reached 26,176 of its target population through direct services or outreach. Our outreach advocacy efforts positively impacted 10,680 people. Labg legal staff & advocates provided direct legal representation and advice affecting 15,496 people. 13,234 families requested legal help from labg. 7,739 families were provided direct legal services, affecting 10,047 people and 5,449 children. Labg clients:30. 22% are working poor48. 70% of working age families have children in the household49. 9% are poor elderlyof the above clients, labg:- provided legal help to 637 veterans impacting 1,062 people- promoted safety for 4,129 domestic violence survivors, including 2,200 children- stabilized housing for 847 families, affecting 1,903 people. Types of legal issues addressed:- 41. 5% medicare and medicaid assistance/other health- 15. 37% family - 9. 3% housing- 9. 1% protection orders- 5. 0% consumer issues/improving family income- 7. 4% life planning documents- 4. 4% public benefits including veteran benefits- 0. 7% nursing home residents rights- 7. 4% other