CLSMF Receives Over $326,000 to Assist in Expansion of Service Delivery
Recently CLSMF, the largest provider of free legal aid in Central Florida, received over $326,000 as a cy pres award from a class action litigation benefiting consumers. These funds will be used to increase direct services including expansion of the organization’s innovative helpline which provides callers a direct line to an attorney for legal service assistance and other agency programs. In 2017, CMLSF’s helpline received over 37,000 calls during the year.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Liggio Law firm and their hard work protecting consumers in Florida. This additional funding will help expand and sustain the hard work done every day by the lawyers and staff of CLSMF who work with the most vulnerable persons in our communities to access justice and give a voice to the voiceless” Kimberly Sanchez, Esq. CEO of CLSMF.
“We are very proud and happy to give these much-needed funds to the folks at CLSMF who work every day, helping people who need it most on such a range of legal issues.” Jeffrey Liggio, Esq., Managing Partner, Liggio Law.
Funding will help expand CLSMF’s services to those in need in matters related to Consumer Issues, Children’s Rights and Education, Domestic Violence, Elder Advocacy, Family Law, Fair Housing, Food Assistance, Reemployment, Public Benefits and support for Veterans. The helpline is the primary method of intake to provide these legal services and other advocacy.
Monies from the Court-distributed funds were provided to over 18 non-profit organizations throughout the state of Florida with the majority of agencies offering legal aid for utilities and consumer advocacy.