DC Bar Foundation Awards $2.89 Million for Legal Services

  • 4/24/2007
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DC Bar Foundation Awards $2.89 Million for Legal Services

The DC Bar Foundation has announced $2.89 million in grants to support civil legal services for low-income residents of Washington, D.C. The funds are from a landmark appropriation by the D.C. City Council to increase the number of lawyers handling housing issues for the poor and those working in underserved communities.

The fifteen awards include a $500,000 grant to a program in which the local Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Bread for the City, and Neighborhood Legal Services collaborate to provide attorneys on-site at Landlord-Tenant Court to assist litigants with critical immediate needs. D.C. Law Students in Court is also increasing its legal staff to support the program.

Other grants awarded by the organization will be used to help fund the expansion of the Health Access Project of the Children's Law Center in the district's seventh and eighth wards; enable Women Empowered Against Violence to deploy lawyers to the city's new Victim Services Center in Ward 5; and help Ayuda, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, to support lawyers for a new multilingual intake and referral system.

To view a complete list of grantees, visit the DC Bar Foundation Web site.

"DC Bar Foundation Awards $2.89 Million for Legal Services." DC Bar Foundation Press Release 4/12/07.

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