Community Legal Aid Adjusts Focus to 5 Key Areas

The Community Legal Aid board of trustees has passed a resolution turning the nonprofit’s focus to five areas for the remainder of the year. The five focus areas are preventing evictions, removing barriers to employment, building financial assets, assisting with debt relief, and protecting victims of violence.

“Our hope is to focus our expertise in ways that can help people struggling with these issues — like by helping people who may be having trouble getting unemployment or other public benefits that can make all the difference right now,” said Executive Director Steven McGarrity in a statement. 

Board President Dionne Dowdy added that Community Legal Aid is working to address racial injustice that has been thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks. 

“First and foremost, we want people to know that we strongly support our black community, always, but especially during this time. Our core mission is ‘justice,’ and that’s just not possible to achieve in a culture of racism and structural inequality,” she said.

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