Florida Senior Legal Helpline receives additional State Funding

On June 23rd, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed his 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” budget, which includes new funding for the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) in the amount of $250,000 for the Florida Senior Legal Helpline (SLH).  The SLH, which was developed and is managed by Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., in Tampa, Florida, has been providing free legal advice, brief services, and referrals to Florida’s most vulnerable seniors since 2005.  This program was originally funded through a Model Approaches grant from the Administration on Aging, and then by the Florida DOEA and the Florida Bar Foundation.  The SLH works in partnership Florida’s Legal Services Developer and with Florida’s IIIB-funded and other Legal Services providers.  In the nearly 10 years since project start-up, the SLH has answered more than 60,000 calls, and the legal team has closed more than 14,000 cases.  The new funding will more than double its current budget, which will provide access to hundreds of additional seniors who need help with civil legal issues of great social necessity.

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