News & Updates


Chanfrau Supports Civil Rights Work With Large Donation

On August 14, 2015 William Chanfrau, Jr. donated $15,000 to Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) to support the work of civil legal aid in this region. His gift comes at a crucial time when federal funding cuts for the legal aid organization are eminent. Mr. Chanfrau hopes that this contribution will serve as inspiration … Read More


Things not so bright at ‘Sunny’ mobile home complex

CLSMF’s Renters Rights Unit Leader, Natalie Maxwell, talks to the Ocala Star Banner about the deplorable conditions her client is having to live in because of the landlord’s refusal to make necessary repairs to the unit and maintain a habitable home for his tenant. Moreover, since there is no housing condition code in Marion County, … Read More


Groups, volunteers gear up for back to school

A number of agencies and charities will hold events to distribute school supplies to children throughout the county. One of the bigger efforts is the Back to School Bash, now in its 12th year. The event, scheduled for Aug. 8 at the E.D. Croskey Center, not only offers backpacks filled with school supplies, but also … Read More


WWII veteran dies 10 days after benefits reinstated

The family of a World War II veteran is fighting the Department of Veteran Affairs over their father’s benefits. Desario was receiving disability benefits for decades before the VA said his condition had improved to the point where he could go out and work. “It’s a sign of a deeply flawed system” Kelly Sullivan of … Read More


Channel 9 Coverage on Legislation Budget Cuts that may affect CLSMF

We are very proud to announce that we were interviewed by Emmy award winning anchor at Channel 9 News, Nancy Alvarez. Our story aired on WFTV Channel 9 evening newscast on Friday. Nancy has many accolades and states “she is proud to be Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s new best friend.” Please support CLSMF and Channel 9 … Read More


Family fights for VA benefits after World War II veteran’s death

Ocala Star Banner article written by April Warren Even in death, World War II veteran Joseph DeSario is tussling with Veterans Affairs over benefits the agency has already determined are rightfully his. “The harsh truth is that when Mr. DeSario died, the government profited,” said his attorney Kelly Sullivan, a Veterans Legal Corp Fellow with … Read More

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