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Civil Justice Grants for Community Redevelopment Announced

Indiana Bar Foundation Board Approves $700,000 to Nonprofits Statewide

INDIANAPOLIS -  Hoosiers will see legal aid for community redevelopment and mortgage foreclosure prevention scale up this summer.

The board of directors at the Indiana Bar Foundation (Foundation) approved almost $700,000 in grants that will be distributed to civil legal aid nonprofits in Indiana. That decision was made March 24, 2017.

The exact total distributed May 1, 2017, will be $670,859. A list of the 10 grants made to civil legal aid nonprofits is at the end of this release.

The committee evaluating the grant applications sought innovation and collaboration among the grantees and other nonprofits. Housing-related issues were prioritized, and expungement programs received funding in several regions.

 “This is the second year in which the Foundation has awarded almost $1.5 million in grants for civil legal aid with its community redevelopment justice and IOLTA grants,” said the Hon. Melissa May, Foundation board member and grants committee chair.

IOLTA, or Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts, and funds generated from a pro bono filing fee, provide grants to Indiana’s pro bono districts.

These grants for civil justice programs expand the free legal services available to Hoosiers through partnerships.  The grants strengthen the infrastructure that delivers vital legal support when Hoosiers’ basic human needs are at risk and they cannot afford a lawyer.

 

Agency

Amount

Purpose

Areas served

Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, Inc. partnering with Heartland Pro Bono and Indiana Landmarks

$225,000

Assist senior and disabled adults whose homes are threatened with condemnation; provide legal services to individuals dealing with foreclosure, housing and debt issues; train and place pro bono lawyers in housing cases; provide legal assistance for acquiring and rehabilitating livable homes in low-income neighborhoods

Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Shelby

Indiana Legal Services, Inc. partnering with Prosperity Indiana

$185,000

Provide community lawyers to work on a lack of affordable housing, environmental justice, substandard housing conditions and abandoned properties; provide legal assistance to nonprofits working in underserved areas

Statewide

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Indiana Legal Services, Indianapolis Legal Aid Society

$75,000

Collaborate on the delivery of expungement legal assistance in central Indiana in a joint initiative

Central Indiana

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic partnering with NeighborLink Indianapolis, and the Marion County Health Department

$50,000

Ensure elderly without means may remain in their homes without significant health code violations and corresponding citations; provide foreclosure prevention services for vulnerable homeowners

Marion

Indiana District 4 Pro Bono Corporation (District D) and Wabash Valley Volunteer Attorneys, Inc. (District E)

$40,000

Expand civil legal clinics through a joint project in Pro Bono Districts D and E, with an emphasis on housing-related and expungement issues

Benton, White, Carroll, Clinton, Boone, Parke, Montgomery, Vermillion, Fountain, Warren, Tippecanoe, Cass, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Pulaski, Tipton, Wabash

Volunteer Lawyer Network, Inc. (District B)

$30,000

Develop a pool of trained attorneys to take foreclosure cases; recruit attorney volunteers to provide pro bono legal services to community revitalization efforts in underserved areas

Elkhart, Kosciusko, St. Joseph, Starke, Marshall, LaPorte

Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, Inc. (District K)

$25,859

Assist self-represented litigants filing for expungement and low-income residents to maintain and improve housing stability; provide legal service to nonprofits and low & moderate income entrepreneurs to benefit underserved communities

Primarily Vanderburgh County

Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (District C) partnering with Indiana Legal Services, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, RSVP Volunteer Center

$25,000

Expand Second Chance clinic focused on expunging criminal records and obtaining specialized driving privileges; provide legal advice clinic to low-income individuals with barriers to securing employment and/or suitable housing

Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, Whitley

District 10 Pro Bono Project (District H)

$10,000

Assist individuals with legal services for housing-related issues

Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Putnam, Sullivan, Vigo

Whitewater Valley District 9 Pro Bono Commission, Inc. (District I)

$5,000

Assist individuals with legal services for housing-related issues

Randolph, Union, Wayne

 

The Foundation strengthens civil justice and appreciation for the rule of law. It administers the IOLTA program and supports the Coalition for Court Access, which is addressing the needs of low-income Hoosiers for legal assistance. For more information, visit www.inbf.org or call 317-269-2415.

 

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