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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 … Read More

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Health + Legal Care: Rx for Better Health Outcomes

Last year, CLSMF CEO Kimberly Sanchez sought funding from The Florida Bar Foundation to initiate a Statewide Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) program to improve the well-being of people and communities by leading health, public health, and legal sectors in an integrated, upstream approach to combating health-harming social conditions. This program embeds lawyers and paralegals alongside health … Read More

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Future Lawyers: UF Alternative Spring Break 2018

During the week of March 5, 2018 seven law school students from the University of Florida traded in swim suits for business suits to join CLSMF during the University of Florida Law School Alternative Spring Break. This annual tradition invites law school students to spend their spring break at a legal aid organization to learn … Read More

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Community Economic Development Project

Florida Community Development Legal (FCDL) is the result of several wheels turning in the same direction, that are now spinning together.  In July 2017, the Florida Bar Foundation (FBF) initiated a strategic reset to prioritize grant funding for high impact collaborative efforts. At the same time, both Shahrzad Emami (Director of the Affordable Housing Project … Read More

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CLSMF Teams Up with Upsolve

We are taught that we should live within our means, saving for the future is important, and budgeting is essential to financial security. However, sometimes life throws a curve ball impossible to dodge. When this happens, expenses accumulate, leaving those facing hardships buried underneath a mountain of debt. The weight of this mountain may seem … Read More

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CLSMF receives two HUD awards

On Tuesday January 23, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is awarding $37 million in the fight to end housing discrimination under its Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP). More than 150 fair housing organizations nationwide will benefit from the grants and use the funding to challenge violations of the Fair Housing Act.  Community … Read More

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Informational Videos Released

CLSMF has released four informational videos on topics that are most common for our clients. These videos are intended to reach audiences who need legal help, but do not know where to start. In 2018, CLSMF will work on expanding the production of these informational videos to cover a variety of topics that the public … Read More

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Maria Evacuees in Florida: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAID

Maria Evacuees in Florida: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEDICAID Can I get help for medical care? Yes. In Florida, Medicaid provides medical coverage for low-income individuals and families, including persons who evacuate to Florida because of Hurricane Maria. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) determines eligibility for Medicaid. How do I … Read More

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