Philadelphia Legal Assistance Receives LSC Pro Bono Innovation Grant

September 9, 2014 — The Legal Services Corporation announced that Philadelphia Legal Assistance is one of 11 legal aid organizations selected to receive grants from LSC's 2014 Pro Bono Innovation Fund.  The grant will support PLA's Medical-Legal-Community Partnership (MLCP), which provides legal services at public health centers in Philadelphia neighborhoods.  The MLCP, which PLA started in 2013, integrates legal aid attorneys, pro bono volunteer attorneys, law students, social workers, and healthcare staff to address patients' health-harming legal needs.  The new LSC funding will provide $240,305 to fund the project over two years.

"I congratulate Philadelphia Legal Assistance on their innovative medical-legal partnership model that is helping to ensure that low-income families in our community have their medical and social service needs met more effectively," Representative Chaka Fattah (PA) said. "This grant will help PLA sustain and amplify the Medical-Legal-Community Partnership, while continuing to help provide and expand legal assistance to thousands of Philadelphians. I am proud to have pushed for the creation of the Pro Bono Innovation Fund in Congress so programs like this can continue the pursuit of equal access to justice."

For more information, see the press release from the Legal Services Corporation.