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EXAMPLES OF CASES WE HANDLE INCLUDE:

  • Naturalization cases to preserve SSI benefits for people who live alone
  • Custodial arrangements for children of clients who are HIV positive or who are terminally ill
  • Discrimination, access to healthcare, insurance and confidentiality problems for clients who are HIV positive
  • Assist homeless clients obtain identification documents needed for employment and government benefits

 

  • The AIDS Legal Advocacy Project assists low income individuals living with HIV/AIDS with legal problems including employment discrimination, unfair health care debt collection, bankruptcy to discharge medical debt, breach of confidentiality in a medical setting, medical rights of recently released prisoners, obtaining private health insurance, child support modifications for non custodial parents and obtaining or retaining public benefits such as food stamps, Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and unemployment compensation benefits. We also provide legal counseling and draft documents to aid in permanency planning, for example, wills, powers of attorney, health care surrogates, and estate planning documents, and provide counseling and draft custody documents for legal dependents including guardianship, joint custody or adoption.

    This Project is funded in part by the Miami-Dade County Ryan White Program.

    Click here for 2012 Miami-Dade County Ryan White Provider Brochure.

     

  • The Homeless Legal Assistance Project provides special services to homeless individuals and helps them receive available government assistance, such as Supplemental Security Income disability benefits, Medicaid, and food stamps. The Project also keeps homeless children in their neighborhood schools so that their education is not disrupted.

    This Project is funded in part by Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

    Click here for a flier on Homeless Legal Advocacy Project
    Click here for a flier on The Rights of Homeless School-Aged Youth

  • Florida is home to 1.8 million veterans, 11 active military bases and a host of other military installations. The Veteran’s Advocacy Project was created in response to a multitude of unmet legal needs arising among veterans, active duty military and their families as a direct result of their deployment. The Project provides free legal assistance to low income veterans, active duty military and their families, and resolves civil legal problems that are barriers to income and housing.

    The Project:

    • Helps low income veterans and their families avoid becoming homeless by resolving legal problems which make it difficult to get or keep permanent stable housing. Examples of cases handled by the Project include eviction defense, enforcement of laws that require landlords to provide safe and habitable housing, mortgage foreclosure defense, child support modifications for non custodial parents, access to health care and other benefits, IRS tax disputes, and consumer and employment problems that negatively affect income and credit.

    • Represents low income veterans before the discharge review boards of various military branches to obtain upgrades to their discharge status. This allows the veterans to access veteran benefits and improves their prospects for employment. • Provides representation in VA character of service adjudications to bring those who served in the military within the VA definition of a “veteran.” This helps low income veterans receive the Department of Veteran Affairs benefits to which they are entitled.

    This Project is funded in part by the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program.

    Click here for a flier on the Veteran’s Advocacy Project.

  • Because immigration law is complex and dynamic, many elderly and disabled immigrants require the assistance of an attorney to negotiate the naturalization process successfully. This project helps extremely vulnerable individuals become United States citizens so that they can enjoy the benefits and responsibilities of citizenship and attain stability by becoming permanent members of our community. It provides very poor elderly or disabled individuals the full range of citizenship services, including confidential consultations, investigations to determine whether barriers to citizenship exist, and completion of citizenship applications, including applications to waive the English language and citizenship examinations due to medical conditions, and fee waiver petitions. Project attorneys also represent clients during their citizenship interviews with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

    This Project is funded by the Legal Services Corporation and the Florida Bar Foundation.

  • Many low income students are unable to graduate from college and start a successful career because of legal problems faced by them and their families. Working in collaboration with the staff of Miami Dade College, Single Stop USA and other providers of support services, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. provides comprehensive legal services to students enrolled in Miami Dade College and their families with the ultimate goal of helping them obtain their college degree and start a career. All services are provided on site at Wolfson Campus, North Dade Campus and Kendall Campus.

    This Project is funded by Single Stop USA, Inc.

    Click here for more information.

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