Discussing Legal Aid with Congressional District Representatives
Nearly one million people in CLSMF’s 12-county service area live at 125% of the poverty level, qualifying them for legal aid. That means that a family of four would have an annual household income no more than $31,375. In that financial situation, families struggle to afford housing, food and other basic living expenses. When confronted with a civil legal issue, there simply is no room in their tight financial circumstances to afford an attorney. This is where CLSMF steps in.
Legal aid provides a critical service to our communities. Not only do these services make a difference in the lives of clients, but it also directly impacts the economy. A study recently conducted by The Florida Bar Foundation shows that every $1 spent on civil legal services for the state’s low-income residents yields more than $7 in economic impacts.
In September, CLSMF CEO Kimberly Sanchez and CPO Jeff Harvey traveled to Washington DC to visit the congress men and women who represent CLSMF’s service area. These informational meetings help develop relationships and allow CLSMF to share the need for legal aid services among the representatives constituent base. During this trip to our nation’s capital, our leadership met with representatives from the offices of Dennis Ross (District 15), Val Demings (District 10), Darren Soto (District 9), Ted Yoho (District 3), Stephanie Murphy (District 7), and Daniel Webster (District 11).