Our core work is direct advocacy on behalf of low-income clients in more than 5,000 civil legal cases every year - from defending against employment discrimination to obtaining benefits for people with disabilities to helping immigrant victims of crime get visas. Our legal help address the urgent legal needs of Connecticut's most vulnerable people, solving the problems that keep them in poverty.
Included in the more than 5,000 cases that Connecticut Legal Services worked on in 2017 were 3,278 new cases. Here's the breakdown of those cases by issue area.
NEW CASES OPENED IN 2017
TOTAL CASES HANDLED (NEW + CARRIED INTO THE YEAR)
KEY LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
PROTECTING COVERAGE FOR MEDICARE RECIPIENTS
Without legislative action, draconian cuts set to take effect July 1 will slash critical prescription medication coverage for more than 100,000 low-income elderly people in Connecticut. CLS has been working with allies to rally lawmakers to find a common-sense solution that protects vulnerable people against losing life-saving medication. Read more about the struggle for a solution here.
EXPANDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Connecticut's lack of affordable housing has segregated our cities and trapped vulnerable people in poverty. CLS is advocating for the passage of HB 5045, common-sense legislation that creates new incentives for municipalities to support the development of affordable housing.
Read the bill here.