The most recent Legal Needs Study found that low-income households in Connecticut have an average of 3.8 civil legal problems each year.
Although we serve thousands of individual clients and their families, the need within our service population for legal aid far outstrips our current resources. CLS case selection priorities focus our resources on helping indigent clients meet basic life needs, for example:
- Protecting employment rights, or obtaining a means of support when they are incapable of working or cannot find a job;
- Avoiding or escaping homelessness, and obtaining decent, safe, and affordable housing safety from domestic violence and other forms of abuse;
- Maintaining stable, integrated family;
- Accessing adequate Medical and behavioral health care;
- Obtaining a good education, especially for children with disabilities;
- Maintaining autonomy and dignity, especially for persons who are elderly or coping with disabilities;
- Guarding against consumer scams, especially those that target the elderly and disabled, and;
- Avoiding or overcoming harmful discrimination based, e.g., on race, ethnicity, disability, or source of income.
In addition to case work, we seek to maximize the impact of our efforts by undertaking cases and projects that cost-effectively benefit large numbers of needy people.
We also provide community education programs to clients and social services agencies to help our clients know:
- when they need a lawyer
- how to avoid legal pitfalls
- how to solve or deal with some kinds of legal problems on their own
To see a summary of cases CLS handled in 2015-2016, view our distribution of cases.