United Way furnishes grant to Legal Aid to fund Housing and Income Preservation Legal Project

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NAPLES, Fla. - July 21, 2020 - PRLog -- United Way of Collier County and the Keys ("United Way") has awarded a grant to Legal Aid Service of Collier County ("Legal Aid") in the amount of $50,000 to fund the Housing and Income Preservation Project, one of the financial stability programs funded by United Way for 2020-2021.

This Project will provide vital free civil legal services to at least 100 residents of Collier County in need during 2020 – 2021 who fall within the 'ALICE' population defined by United Way – asset limited, income constrained, and employed.  Legal services will be focused on the high impact areas of housing and income preservation for struggling, hard-working households in need.

United Way of Collier County has generously funded Legal Aid through grants over many years, most recently involving the Housing and Income Preservation Project.  This Project assisted 236 clients between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, generated over $1,986,058 in economic benefits for these Collier County residents in need, and saved 30 families from homelessness.

"Legal Aid is proud to be a United Way member agency, and we are grateful for the generous funding furnished to the Project" states Jeff Ahren, Legal Aid's Director of Development. "Without this critical support from United Way, Legal Aid would not be able to provide our much needed high impact services to assist Collier County residents seeking safe and affordable housing, and struggling working families facing legal barriers.."

Legal Aid urges local businesses and individuals to donate to United Way of Collier County's annual giving campaign.  For details, visit www.unitedwayofcolliercounty.org .

Legal Aid Service of Collier County is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide high quality, free legal advice, representation and education to the residents of Collier County, according to need, so as to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life for the entire community.   Legal Aid annually assists approximately 3,000 Collier County residents in need with free civil legal services.  The vulnerable populations we serve include domestic violence survivors, children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, seniors, Veterans, disabled individuals, children with special educational needs, human trafficking victims, at risk immigrants, micro-enterprises and those seeking to start a small business, families facing eviction or foreclosure, struggling working families facing debts and credit or collection matters, victims of crimes, and those seeking benefits to meet basic needs.  To learn more visit www.collierlegalaid.org .  Those in need of assistance call (239) 775-4555.

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