Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge
Sometimes, low-income people need legal assistance just to gain access to housing, health care, food, and other basic needs that many of us take for granted. When low-income people need legal help, they often don’t know where to turn, or it’s just not available where they live. This problem is worsened by the limited pro bono resources in California's Central Valley.
Currently, more than 4.3 million Californians are unable to access legal services, and approximately 200,000 of these people reside in Fresno County. These numbers represent families with young children, persons with disabilities, veterans, victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, seniors, immigrants, and other low-income individuals. The demand for services from Central California Legal Services' (CCLS) client community surpasses the capacity of the staff and other resources of CCLS. Recognizing the growing severity of the unmet legal needs of the poor and disadvantaged in the Central Valley communities, OneJustice asks attorneys and firms in Fresno County to provide the legal aid community with pro bono legal services by signing on to the Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge. With the Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge, OneJustice helps CCLS fulfill its mission to help low-income people get the help they need to be treated fairly under the law.