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Nearly 50 million Americans are still living below the poverty level and another 10 million have incomes that are less than 25 % above poverty.  As a result, roughly one in five U.S. citizens is eligible for legal aid. All current studies show that we are only able to meet the legal needs of 20% of these individuals.

More than two-thirds of civil legal aid clients are women, and most of them mothers.  Because of this, the legal problems of people living in poverty can have serious implications for children.

The need of legal aid among the poor is overwhelming. According to a study by the American Bar Association, at least 40% of low to moderate-income households experience a legal problem each year.

We serve thirteen counties: Hardee, Highlands, Polk, Charlotte, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach. Thousands of low income residences in our service area are in need of our services.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on any single night during 2016, 549,928 people experienced homelessness in the United States.  According to the National Homeless Information Project, 33, 466 persons were homeless in the state of Florida.  Forty-eight percent of our clients sought our help to prevent homelessness.  Without our help, potentially 9,397 more residents could have been homeless in our service areas in the year of 2016.

A small sample of our results based on needs is that our services have helped over 7,000 children, 2000 elderly and nearly 400 Veterans in 2016.  FRLS was able to prevent $1,000,000.00 in housing foreclosures and secured $2,100,000.00 in consumer related debt reduction. .

There is a prevalent need for assistance with housing, family law, consumer debt and collections in Florida – primarily affecting children, families, seniors, migrants and veterans in Florida. We remain committed to ensuring “justice for all” even as the need for our services increases every year.

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Disclaimer: The links to materials below are meant to assist you in obtaining a general understanding of the most common types of problems legal services clients encounter in the state of Florida, and are not meant to be a substitute for legal advice from an attorney. There are countless issues that are not covered in these materials and you should consult with an attorney whenever possible. Additionally, these resources were put together by organizations spread throughout Florida. Each local court follows its own set of procedures that are not accounted for in these materials.

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Florida Rural Legal Services serves people living in 13 counties across Florida: Hardee, Highlands, Polk, Charlotte, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach.

We offer free civil legal assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, and other low-income people in many areas of the law including evictions and landlord abuse, foreclosure rights, public housing, housing discrimination, denial of public benefits, divorce, child custody and visitation, domestic abuse, debt collection and unfair loans, immigration, and much more.

Our legal services are intended to help individuals and families establish stable housing, maintain jobs, and remove barriers that cause poverty.

Please note: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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FRLS coordinates with local pro bono programs sponsored by courts and bar associations throughout South Central Florida to match attorneys with clients. We have opportunities for attorneys to assist with civil legal issues through limited scope representation as well as full representation. While family law issues are the greatest need of clients, FRLS does our best to match pro bono attorneys to the types of cases they wish to take. Learn more about our Pro Bono opportunities.

Without your loyal support, we couldn’t do the vital work we do. That’s why we promise to uphold the highest ethical standards.

 

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Every day, our attorneys and staff work to create opportunities for the most vulnerable individuals and families to find their path out of poverty, live independently, and contribute to making our society a better place for all of us to live.

Take the time to learn how we can help you in improving your life, and how you can support our services to ensure they are available to those who need them most in the 13 counties that we serve.

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Florida Rural Legal Services serves people living in 13 counties across Florida: Hardee, Highlands, Polk, Charlotte, Desoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie and Palm Beach.

We offer free civil legal assistance to seniors, people with disabilities, and other low-income people in many areas of the law including evictions and landlord abuse, foreclosure rights, public housing, housing discrimination, denial of public benefits, divorce, child custody and visitation, domestic abuse, debt collection and unfair loans, immigration, and much more.

Our legal services are intended to help individuals and families establish stable housing, maintain jobs, and remove barriers that cause poverty.

Please note: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, in the delivery of services.