The Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems (Model Approaches) grants help states develop and implement effective approaches for integrating low cost legal mechanisms into statewide legal/aging service delivery networks in order to enhance overall service delivery capacity. Legal assistance provided through well-integrated and cost-effective delivery systems directly enables older adults to remain independent, healthy, and financially secure in their homes and communities.
As a key centerpiece of the Model Approaches projects, Senior Legal Helplines (SLHs) assist seniors in accessing legal services to ensure their rights and enhance their independence and financial security. Since 2006, Model Approaches projects have assisted thousands of older consumers with priority legal issues related to public benefits, health care, housing, advance planning, and consumer protection. In FY 2013, in addition to awarding 4 new Model Approaches projects, ACL awarded 7 new Model Approaches Phase II grants to evolve legal service delivery systems to even higher levels of capacity, performance, and service delivery impact.
The Administration for Community Living will be releasing a RFP for its next cycle of Model Approaches Phase I and Phase II grants in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for a post on our blog when the RFP has been released.