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Deltona holds Fair Housing Open House

April is Fair Housing Month. To bring awareness of fair housing rights to the public, the City of Deltona held a Fair Housing Open House on April 14 at the City Commission Chambers. Participating in the event were financial institutions, real estate agents, housing counselors and insurance companies. Several CLSMF staff members attended the event to provide … Read More

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Former client shares her success story

CLSMF  recently participated in an allocations panel at the United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties (UWVF) in Daytona Beach. The allocations panels are composed of community volunteers who review local agencies’ applications for funding and make recommendations to the United Way’s board of directors. During the application process, they meet with agency staff, board members, and clients … Read More


CLSMF named one of top places to work

2015 marks the third consecutive year Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) has been named by The NonProfit Times as one of the top places to work in the United States. CLSMF ranked at number 20 in medium-sized nonprofit organizations (50-249 employees) and also placed in the top 50 best workplaces nationwide at number 44. Click here to … Read More


WWII vet, 91, struggles with VA lag

The 2½ years Joseph Desario spent in the military during World War II have remained with him forever. Desario, 91, can still recall with detail his work as a top turret gunner on 30 missions aboard the B-24 Liberator, a four-engine bomber. He was stationed behind the pilot, but between the roaring engines, operating twin … Read More


CLSMF Announced As A Recipient of the 2015 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Community Engagement Award

The Bethune-Cookman University has recognized Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida as an outstanding organization that has exhibited an unwavering dedication to improving the community. CLSMF’s work with the community is a testament to the legacy of Mrs. Bethune, who made it her life’s mission to improve the lives of underserved young people. CLSMF will be recognized, with … Read More


Civil Legal Assistance Saves Money and Helps People Escape Poverty

Lonnie Powers, executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), writes an exceptional article on the impact that civil legal aid has for the poor and the asset these services provide for the War on Poverty. Sargent Shriver, President Johnson’s personal choice to lead the War on Poverty, was once asked which anti-poverty program he considered the most important. … Read More


Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida and Southern Legal Counsel Protecting First Amendment Rights

The Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida (LACCF), CLSMF’s sister organization, has partnered with the Southern Legal Counsel to protect the first amendment rights of residents in Southern Florida to express political messages by distributing food to the homeless. Read more in the The Nation article The City That Outlawed Free Food by Michelle Chen. Fort Lauderdale’s ordinance restricting food distribution … Read More


Ocala attorney Richard Perry to be recognized for pro bono work

This Ocala Star Banner article reports on the achievement of attorney Richard Perry who will be recognized for the pro bono work he does through the CLSMF’s Volunteer Lawyers Project: He has done pro bono work for clients with mental illness, hearing impairment problems, limited education, and drug and alcohol addictions. Perry said some clients have been professionals, such as an … Read More


Gov. Scott’s VA Nursing Home Funding Could Be Better Spent on Preventative Services Like Legal Aid

CLSMF’s Veterans Project Manager Christie Bhageloe, featured in an article by 90.7 WFME  Public Radio, recognizes the proposed benefits to additional VA nursing homes, but points out that more money should really be dedicated to preventative services like those CLSMF offers clients which could keep them in their homes. Bhagelow gives legal help to veterans in … Read More


CLSMF clinics focus on expunging juvenile records

CLSMF’s Juvenile Expunction Clinics are helping youths who have successfully completed a diversion program remove the arrest from their records. This service can make a huge difference in the lives of juveniles across Central Florida. The clinic has made news in the Ocala Star Banner article published January 23, 2015: Not long ago, Deion Laird was arrested for … Read More