Services

Consumer

Whatever the circumstances — a medical emergency, the loss of a job, or poor financial planning — a decision needs to be made about how to cope with debts and how to deal with collectors in this time of crisis. The Consumer Law attorneys and paralegals of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida work on behalf … Read More

Children & Education

Under state and federal law, every child aged 3 to 22 with a disability has a right to a free and appropriate public education. Does your child… learn differently than other children? speak differently than other children? need a lot of attention? act bored or lazy? break rules and not listen to you or the teachers? learn … Read More

Domestic Violence

Is your Computer Safe? If you are using your home computer, it is possible that it may be tracked by someone living in your house. You may want to consider using an internet café or public access computer, or call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800–500–1119 which is available 24 hours and 7 days a week. … Read More

Elder Advocacy

CLSMF Elder Advocates assist seniors (individuals over the age of 60) who have been subjected to physical abuse, financial exploitation through the misuse of the elder’s money or property by another person, intimidation, sexual abuse, or is deprived by a caregiver of food or needed medication or necessary services for survival. CLSMF Elder Advocates also … Read More

Family Law

Community Legal Services does not handle family law matters in Orange, Seminole and Brevard County For assistance in these counties, contact: Brevard County:  Please visit the Brevard County Legal Aid website or call them at (321) 631-2500. Orange County: Please visit the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association website or call them at (407) 841-8310. Seminole … Read More

Housing

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida provides legal representation and advice to homeowners and renters on a wide range of legal issues including foreclosures, mortgage scams, landlord tenant disputes, subsidized housing, fair lending and fair housing, and more. By providing legal advice and assistance on these issues, CLSMF helps Central Florida’s families, veterans, seniors and other … Read More

Foreclosure

Homeowners in Florida are in crisis because the Florida foreclosure rate is one of the highest in the nation. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is responding to this crisis by providing high-quality legal assistance and representation to homeowners faced with foreclosure. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida has set up a Foreclosure Hotline to help eligible … Read More

Fair Housing

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s Fair Housing Project promotes equal opportunity in housing for all persons through education, investigation, and enforcement. Fair Housing refers to laws and regulations that make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of a protected class in many activities related to the sale, lease, or rental of housing. Federal law prohibits … Read More

Landlord/Tenant & Public Housing

Community Legal Services helps residents who are renting their homes or apartments stay in their homes when facing eviction, uninhabitable living conditions and other issues in both private and public (Section 8) housing. We do not assist with the return of security deposits but you can find out more information about this topic here. Brevard, … Read More

Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment

The Fair Lending Project of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is dedicated to eliminating discrimination in mortgage lending. To that end, we educate borrowers and lenders on their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act; we take complaints and assist victims of discriminatory practices; we issue public comments on bank performance subject to the … Read More

Public Benefits

CLSMF Public Benefits attorneys, paralegals and advocates help eligible residents of Central Florida access public benefits, including health care, cash assistance, food assistance and disability benefits. The Public Benefits Matters that CLSMF Handles Food Assistance Medicaid Medicare Reemployment assistance (unemployment compensation) Social Security Social Security Disability Supplemental Security Income Veterans Benefits Additional Resources Below are … Read More

Medicaid

What is Medicaid? Medicaid was created by the federal government, but is administered by the state, to provide payment for medical services for low-income citizens. People qualify for Medicaid by meeting federal income and asset standards and by fitting into a specified eligibility. Medicaid began as a program to pay for health care for poor people … Read More

Affordable Care Act

CLSMF Information and Forms Background on the Coverage Gap   Bridge the Health Care Coverage Gap for Low-Income Floridians   Are You Low Income and Uninsured? Know Your Rights ¿Es Usted de Bajos Ingresos y Sin Seguro? Conozca Sus Derechos   Do you need an exemption for the health insurance mandate? Complete this form!   … Read More

Medicare

Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients with issues regarding Medicaid and Medicare. Each case is analyzed on an individual basis and persons are encouraged to speak with an experienced advocate in order to assess their case. Contact our helpline or apply online to see if you qualify. What is Medicare? Medicare … Read More

Food Assistance – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients with issues regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Food Assistance Program ( SUNCAP). Each case should be analyzed on an individual basis and persons are encouraged to speak with an experienced advocate in order to assess a case. Contact our Helpline or apply online to see if … Read More

Reemployment (Unemployment Compensation)

Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients who need legal advice and representation regarding unemployment issues. However, we are not able to take every case and we encourage you to read the information provided below. Reemployment Assistance Reemployment Assistance (formerly referred to as unemployment compensation) benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers … Read More

Social Security

Social Security provides economic security for millions of Americans – retirees, disabled persons, and families of retired, disabled or deceased workers. About 157 million Americans pay Social Security taxes and 56 million collected monthly benefits in 2012. About one household in four receives income from Social Security. Community Legal Services attorneys provide help to those who … Read More

Social Security Disability

Disability means diagnosed health problem(s) that prevents you from performing substantial gainful employment. You may qualify for disability benefits if: You cannot do any substantial kind of work because of diagnosed health problems, considering your age, education, and work experience. The health problems either will result in death or is expected to or have lasted … Read More

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients with cessations, reductions and over-payments of SSI benefits. Each case should be analyzed on an individual basis and persons are encouraged to speak with an experienced advocate in order to assess a case. Contact our Helpline or apply online to see if you qualify. Supplemental Security … Read More

Tax Controversy Assistance

Have you received a notice from the IRS? We may be able to help . . .  Our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) is designed to help low-income taxpayers with federal income tax controversies under $50,000. Although this program does not assist with tax preparation for the current tax year, we can help with a number of … Read More

Veterans

The Veterans Advocacy Project The Veterans Administration is so backlogged that more than 33,000 veterans are waiting for their claims to be processed at the St. Petersberg Veterans Administration (which processes most of the Central Florida claims for veterans) and veterans can expect to wait an average of one year for a decision. Even when they get a decision, … Read More