Overview of Community Legal Aid, Inc.
CLA serves residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties in central and western Massachusetts. Our clients are:
- Tenants facing wrongful eviction
- Homeowners facing foreclosure
- Survivors of domestic violence
- Workers cheated out of wages or denied lawful benefits
- Children in need of a stable home or special education
- Elders whose economic security or health care is in jeopardy
- Disabled people denied opportunities
Not everyone is eligible for civil legal aid. Subject to certain exceptions, Community Legal Aid serves clients who:
- Are residents of central or western Mass.;
- Have incomes under 125% of the federal poverty guidelines (in 2014, annual gross income of $14,588 for an individual, or $29,813 for a family of four), or are age 60 and older;
- Have civil legal issues aligned with our social justice priorities.
Benefits of Legal Aid to the Commonwealth
Legal aid benefits both clients and their communities by saving everyone money. In 2013, legal aid services generated an estimated $28 million in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through new federal revenue, other benefits and cost savings.
“Most Americans don’t realize that you can have your home taken away, your children taken away and you can be a victim of domestic violence but you have no constitutional right to a lawyer to protect you.”
Jim Sandman, President,
Legal Services Corporation