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Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Group Homes, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Legal Services, Seniors, Seniors Rights

Mission: Celebrating more than 35 years of service, Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C.'s elderly by providing free legal help to those in need -- empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.

Results: Founded in 1975, LCE was recognized recently as "One of the best small charities in the Washington, D.C. region" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Target demographics: Vulnerable, low-income seniors (age 60+) living in the District of Columbia

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000

Geographic areas served: District of Columbia

Programs: D. C. Law office -lce operates a law office providing a complete range of free legal services to qualifying d. C. Residents age 60 and older, including the d. C. Long-term care ombudsman program. The purpose of the law office is to provide high quality legal services via staff attorneys, paralegals, volunteers and pro bono attorneys, especially in areas of basic needs for older d. C. Residents, with an emphasis on those individuals who are vulnerable or otherwise in greatest need. The d. C. Law office also operates five self-help legal offices in the local community. Self-help offices are facilities where older people can obtain information that allows them to resolve their own problems. The d. C. Law office also includes a legal advice line for d. C. Residents over the age of 60. The dc long-term care ombudsman program (dcltcop) advocacy services include monitoring the quality of care delivered to residents living in their homes in the community and receiving long-term care services through the dc medicaid elderly and persons with physical disabilities (epd) waiver program. The home and community-based services (hcbs) ombudsmen serve as advocates, protecting residents' rights and promoting the highest possible quality of life and quality of care.

education and training - provide information, education, counseling, training, and research to older persons and their care providers in the district of columbia. Clients are assisted on various matters including medicare and medicaid, landlord/tenant disputes, real property tax sale/foreclosure prevention, self help services, and consumer and legal issues. Funding for programs is provided by aarp, the u. S. Department of health and human services, and donations from individuals, law firms and private foundations.

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) has a phenomenal staff that personally impact and uplift the poor elderly residents of Washington, DC. Beyond that personal interaction, LCE goes one important step further, by identifying systemic issues that are essentially obstacles to elderly residents living their best lives. Equally important is the fact that some of the most successful attorneys and law firms in the city provide their services pro bono to LCE. Priceless!


Rating: 5

I am a retired attorney who lives in Washington, D.C. in a diverse neighborhood with a mix of all income brackets and ages. I am periodically approached for advice. I particularly noted that the elderly were particularly vulnerable and often taken advantage of by landlords, and creditors attempting unlawful collection actions against Social Security and VA benefits.
I identified this organization and referred 2 very needy senior citizen to them for help. I was so impressed with the compassionate help they provided at no cost that I became a recurring contributor. I have been so touched by the impact of their work and the peace of mind it gives to some of the most vulnerable of our society.