DC Bar announces more than $3 million in grants for legal services
March 28, 2012
The District of Columbia Bar Foundation recently announced more than $3 million in grants for Access to Justice grants, which help underserved populations in the community receive support for civil legal services.
The grants will help fund projects for the sixth year. The District of Columbia City Council approved funding for both new and previous programs, including one in which lawyers provide legal services on housing issues in disadvantaged communities, provide counsel for the Community Legal Interpreter Bank and serve populations in D.C. that are vulnerable.
"The District's Access to Justice funds have helped bring legal services - and lawyers - to the places and people where they are most needed. ... The City Council’s leadership has helped effectively leverage private resources to bring much-needed help to expand access to justice throughout our community," said Emilio W. Cividanes, president of the DC Bar Foundation.
This year's recipients included the Community Legal Interpreter Bank - Ayuda, Generations Teen Parent Access Project - Children's Law Center, Neighborhood Expansion Project - Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Project HELP - Legal Counsel for the Elderly, and Southeast Neighborhood Access Project - Legal Aid Society of DC.