Innovative Justice: Ensuring Access to Legal Aid During Crisis
Mission: enforcing and protecting the right of individuals and families by providing accessible, creative, and high quality legal assistance and working collaboratively for systemic change
Message from the Executive Director
Dear Friends, This past year has shone a spotlight on on what we have known since our inception in 1996: that civil legal aid is a life sustaining resource to low-income communities in Philadelphia.
From the start of the pandemic induced financial crisis, calls came flooding into our office from community members with similar concerns.
"I lost my job"
"I haven't gotten my unemployment check yet."
"How am I going to pay my rent or mortgage."
Individual and Family Safety was Threatened
One of the most significant challenges our clients faced was threat to safety. Through trauma-informed, creative advocacy and outreach, our advocates ensured that Philadelphians were safe and supported.
Pandemic closures limited access to justice
We worked to make sure that Philadelphians were able to access the courts, public benefit programs, and critical information.
$50,299,916.50 Saved, Retained, or Recovered for Clients
Thank you to all of our funders, donors, staff, volunteers, and community partners for supporting our critical efforts to enforce and protect the rights of Philadelphia’s low-income population during the pandemic.
We could not have continued to ensure access to legal aid during this crisis without you.
We look forward to continuing this work with you as we transition into a period of recovery with more resilience, understanding, and determination than ever.