News & Updates

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Building Hope for Veterans

It has been a long journey for Gulf War veteran Mario Figueroa. After three years battling with the VA alongside CLSMF Veterans Advocacy Project attorney Chirsite Bhageloe for his benefits, Mario was finally awarded 70% service-related disability rating in July 2015. The hard-working single father was so relived that he would now be able to better care for … Read More

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CLSMF Attorneys Appointed to The Florida Bar Standing Committees

Every year members of The Florida Bar are invited to become involved in activities of the standing committees. These various volunteer groups do much of the work of The Florida Bar. In addition to the Board of Governors committees, special committees are appointed to study and make recommendations in response to issues of significance to … Read More

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Orlando ranks last in housing options for low-income residents

Metro Orlando, long considered an affordable housing market, has the nation’s greatest shortage of rentals for extremely low-income tenants, a new study shows. Orlando, in a tie with Las Vegas, ranked worst nationally for availability of apartments that meet the needs of its most struggling group of renters, according to the National Low Income Housing … Read More

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Paving the way for young public interest lawyers

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida in collaboration with Stetson University College of Law have initiated efforts to that will help graduates hit the ground running after law school. The three month fellowship program allows recent grads to work part time to enhance their skills and harness their enthusiasm for putting their knowledge of the law to good use. This partnership provides an … Read More

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CLSMF Launches New Helpline

CLSMF Helpline 1-800-405-1417 Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida has invested the additional resources received this year from Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in an innovative project to increase access to justice. In an ongoing effort to provide high quality legal services to low income clients and meet the growing demand for legal aid in Central Florida, we have redesigned the way we handle … Read More

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CLSMF Ranks as One of The Best Nonprofits to Work in Nation

2016 marks the fifth consecutive year Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) has been named by The NonProfit Times as one of the top places to work in the United States. CLSMF ranked at number 24 in medium-sized nonprofit organizations (50-249 employees) and placed in the top 50 best workplaces nationwide at number 47. It is also noted that … Read More

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Staving Off Eviction

NPR Special Series on Eviction Low-Income Renters Squeezed Between Too-High Rents And Subpar Housing March 30, 2016 • Tenants often stop paying rent to force the repair of poor conditions in the only housing they can afford. But landlords say can’t fix the problems until they get the rent. It’s a vicious cycle.   Living … Read More

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Fair Housing Summit Registration Now Open!

The 2016 Florida Fair Housing Summit: A Call to Advance Housing Rights and Opportunities registration is now open! The one-day event will be held Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Centre Hotel. You don’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to learn about the latest housing trends! You can also participate … Read More

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New clinic will help poor, homeless

When Ray McNeal volunteers at his church’s Tuesday morning homeless ministry, he occasionally finds himself fielding legal questions from the poor and homeless. Sometimes the people ask about landlord-tenant issues. They usually aren’t homeless, he said, but might be at risk of becoming so. Other times, the questions fall under immigration or family law. Before … Read More

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