The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado raises money for Colorado Legal Services (CLS), Colorado’s statewide Legal Aid program. CLS is the only agency in the state that provides free legal services in civil cases to indigent clients in every Colorado county through a network of 13 offices.
Priority is given to addressing the legal needs of low-income people required to maintain the basic necessities of a decent life, including at least minimally-adequate income, food, shelter, utilities, necessary medical care, and freedom from domestic violence and financial exploitation.
Every year, CLS directly serves over 10,000 Coloradans, and it stretches its limited resources with clinics, self-help materials and technology, including state-of-the-art interactive online legal forms, to help many more.
CLS also plays a pivotal role in the development, coordination, support, and most effective use of private pro bono resources across the state.
In 2018, fully 89 percent of CLS’s resources were expended for the direct delivery of legal services
A Social Return on Investment analysis found that in 2018, for every dollar expended at CLS, $6.82 of actual value was delivered to the community.
So what does legal aid do for the clients it is able to serve?
- Prevents evictions and homelessness
- Avoids mortgage or property tax foreclosures
- Obtains divorces, custody and child support for victims of domestic violence
- Assists individuals and families with legal issues arising from the opioid crisis
- Improves family economic stability
- Maintains parent/child relationships in guardianship cases
- Prevents utility shut-offs
- Gains admission to low-income housing
- Enforces a tenant’s right to repairs
- Assists people with disabilities in obtaining public assistance
- Helps individuals and families maintain necessary public benefits
- Assists veterans in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled
- Helps homeowners with foreclosure scams and predatory lending
- Stops or reduces debt collection activity
- Overcomes unfair or illegal sales contracts
- Enforces contract and warranty rights
- Obtains bankruptcy protection
- Prevents nursing home evictions
- Helps families secure or maintain health insurance
- Obtains necessary state identification or powers of attorney for health care