How Your Donation Supports Equal Justice

NLS provides civil legal assistance to vulnerable and low-income individuals and families in our region who otherwise could not afford legal help. Yet, NLS only has the financial resources to help a fraction of those in need. Your volunteer support and financial assistance to NLS helps our neighbors in crisis return to safe, productive lives.

NLS works diligently to raise funds to support programs and services for those who have nowhere else to turn for help. There are many ways you can help bridge the justice gap in our community by supporting NLS’s resource development efforts.

consultation

A $100 donation

will allow NLS to provide advice to a tenant facing eviction or a parent telephone advice on a custody issue.

mother-and-child

A $200 donation

will allow NLS to represent a victim of domestic violence seeking protection.

mother-and-baby

A $300 donation

will help a client get the unemployment compensation benefits to which they are entitled.

Law students working on computers

A $500 donation

will help keep a family’s light or heat on this winter.

Client Stories

"Neighborhood Legal Services helped me to rely on myself instead of my family."

Deborah was denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) after a series of strokes left her unable to continue her career as a hair stylist. The denial was based on the court's expectation that her condition would improve enough for her to go back to work. Deborah attempted to return to her workplace in some capacity; however, she was unable to stand or sit for any length of time and she could no longer write or even recall phone messages. She tried unsuccessfully to appeal the SSI decision on her own., then turned to NLSA.

While Deborah survived 18 months on public assistance and help from friends and family, NLSA gathered medical evidence establishing her right to benefits designed for low-income people who cannot work due to disability. At the appeal hearing, the judge agreed that Deborah qualified for SSI and ordered benefits to be paid retroactively.

That modest income enabled her to shift some of her financial responsibility from her family to herself.

Deborah

- Deborah | Butler, PA

"Without Neighborhood Legal Services, I would have lost my home."

At age 86 and legally blind, Willa risked losing her home of 60 years to foreclosure for failing to make monthly payments that were substantially more than her monthly social security benefit. This untenable situation was created when a lender approached the elderly woman, who owned her home free and clear, and promised to make repairs in exchange for pacing a lien on the property.

Willa's home then was mortgaged for triple its market value and the promised repairs never started. NLSA successfully defended against the Mortgage Foreclosure Complaint asking for damages against the lender. A negotiated settlement was reached requiring the lender to cancel her contract and the mortgage.

The Complaint was withdrawn and Willa again owns her home debt-free.

Deborah

- Willa | Pittsburgh, PA

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