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Civil legal aid breaks the cycle of poverty, benefits taxpayers

Orlando Sentinel article by guest columnist Darryl Bloodworth, past president of The Florida Bar Foundation and The Orange County Bar Association talks aboout how civil legal aid has a far-reaching economic impact in Florida. The economic impact of civil legal assistance in Florida is well documented. Florida TaxWatch found in 2010 that legal aid produces a … Read More

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Orange-Osceola counties lead Florida in arrests of children between 5 to 10

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Children’s Rights Unit attorneys are battling the School to Prison Pipeline epidemic plaguing our state. Across Central Florida these CLSMF attorneys are engaging community leaders to address these problems affecting our youth population. CLSMF advocates are also out generating awareness on these issues including the effect of zero tolerance policies on the … Read More

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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

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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

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Obama administration to unveil major new rules targeting segregation across U.S.

The Washington Post – The long-awaited Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule was announced Wednesday. Designed to repair the law’s unfulfilled promise and promote the kind of racially integrated neighborhoods that have long eluded deeply segregated cities, the new rule will require cities and towns all over the country to scrutinize their housing patterns for racial … Read More

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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

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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

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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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