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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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CLSMF Mobile Helpline Offers Unique Pro Bono Opportunities

              As Alexander Graham Bell, “father” of the telephone once stated, “Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.” Now, 51,731 days after the patent of the telephone, we are recognizing National Celebrate Pro Bono Week 2017 (October 23-28) with a new take on pro bono: … Read More

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CLSMF Honors Pro Bono Attorneys

It is the combination of the attorneys who contribute time through the CLSMF Volunteer Lawyers Project and financial stakeholders that creates the path to equality and justice for all in Central Florida. To honor private attorneys who have gone above and beyond to help people struggling to make ends meet gain access to justice, CLSMF … Read More