SNAP – Providing Legal Education and Information to Protect Senior Citizens and Their Families

(As of December 2020)

Conducted at least one-half dozen “Know Your Law” sessions on topics ranging from immigration law to consumer debt, employment/unemployment, police stops, housing and more.  

Conducted 25-30 legal advice sessions: at the beginning of the year, in person, providing advice to 5-8 people at each session; with volunteers performing hours of follow-up advocacy.  In addition, we provided advice and follow up to individuals by phone, as situations arose, involving lawyers with experience in housing, elder law, wills and estates, employment, bankruptcy, immigration and more.

Lawyers and volunteer advocates have not only helped those with legal problems in these circumstances, but also provided analysis as to the source of the problems and the road to solutions through collective action.  

(As of June 2020)

In January and February, CCLP volunteers conducted meetings with representatives from several senior centers, including Florence Smith Senior center, Bailey center, St. Nicholas of Tolentine and Ft. Independence.  The volunteers scheduled dates for CCLP volunteer lawyers to address their membership on requested topics including elder law and consumer debt.  They conducted one “Know your Law” session in February on consumer debt for the Mexican Coalition, to an audience that included many seniors.

They conducted one group legal session on Street Encounters with Police via Zoom in June and produced the winter 2020 issue of CCLP’s newsletter The Gavel, and during the pandemic, mailed it to over 400 people and organizations, including senior centers, lawyers, volunteers and supporters.

Mitigated the isolation, by involving seniors and others as volunteers, writing letters from their homes to reach out to lawyers and others who could help; other seniors provided transportation and/or attended CCLP’s meetings (by phone).

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