Legal Aid News

In wake of ICE raids, Rockland nonprofits step up

The following article appeared Feb 27, 2017 on the website.

SPRING VALLEY – In the wake of roundups of undocumented immigrants across the country, Rockland County-based nonprofit organizations are working to make sure the area’s immigrant population is aware of its rights.

State Sen. David Carlucci coordinated a workshop Monday in Spring Valley to connect families with resources that can offer legal aid and social services to immigrants. More than 50 people packed into the Martin Luther King Center, ...

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New York State Grants Aim to Help Disabled in Legal Fight for Benefits

The following article appeared Aug 15, 2016 on the website.

Eleven legal services providers will share $8.2 million in state grants to help people press their claims after being denied federal disability benefits under Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, and similar programs.

Samuel Roberts, commissioner of the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which is awarding the grants, said Thursday the Disability Advocacy Program has been effective at winning reversal of claims denials for many disabled ...

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State Announces $8.2 Million in Funding to Help Disabled Obtain Federal Assistance

The following article appeared Aug 10, 2016 on the website.

August 10, 2016 – The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance today announced that more than $8.2 million has been awarded to help provide legal assistance to people who have been denied federal disability benefits.

The funding is being awarded through the Disability Advocacy Program to 11 organizations to provide legal representation to people whose disability benefits, including Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance, ...

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Who we are: Legal Aid Society of Rockland County

The following article appeared November 10, 2015 on the LoHud website.

Who we are: Legal Aid Society of Rockland County, Inc. (LASRC) is a nonprofit law firm providing free legal assistance to Rockland County’s most vulnerable residents.

What we do: For 50 years, LASRC’s Civil Division has represented low-income residents of Rockland County. In civil legal cases, LASRC addressed its clients’ critical needs by helping them to remain in their homes, maintain or obtain subsistence income, escape from domestic violence, ...

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Thousands of local families have been kept in their homes

The following article appeared Oct 1, 2015 on the New City Patch website.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Thursday announced $11.5 million in new funding for more than two dozen legal services organizations statewide — including two local legal aid groups — to help prevent foreclosures, keep families in their homes, and rebuild communities hit hardest by the housing crash.

Awards will be given to 28 legal services providers with proven track records of providing services to at-risk homeowners. ...

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Cold, hard facts: Rockland counts homeless population

The following article appeared Jan 30, 2015 on the Pensacola News Journal website.

SPRING VALLEY – John Fella and Harold Louissant slowly climbed down a snow-covered slope Friday morning to visit a homeless encampment under the Lawrence Street overpass.

“Hello! How are you doing? Can I speak to you for a second?” Fella, with the Rockland County Department of Social Services, called out as he spotted a man in the darkness.

Fella and Louissant, a volunteer, were part of the nationwide ...

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Homeowners struggle to pay mortgages on houses of all sizes

The following article appeared May 30, 2014 on the North Shore Now website.

In the affluent Lower Hudson Valley, with $1 million homes, thousands of homeowners face foreclosure. A job loss, divorce, death or illness often causes delinquent payments.

In the Lower Hudson Valley, one of the most affluent regions of the country, where one in five homes costs a million dollars, there are thousands of homeowners still struggling to pay their mortgages, often facing foreclosure. They’re from all income ...

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Legal Aid Society of Rockland County’s Annual Gala Is An Overwhelming Success

The following article appeared October 16, 2013 on the Nanuet Patch website.

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County (LASRC) held its Annual Gala at the majestic View on the Hudson in Piermont. More than 200 judges, legislators, attorneys, business people and community members were in attendance to honor “Continuing the Commitment” Award recipient Carolyn Fish, Executive Director of the Center for Safety & Change (formerly Rockland Family Shelter). Carolyn Fish ...

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Rockland Homeowner Scores Victory Against Wells Fargo

The following article appeared August 29, 2013 on the New City Patch website.

The Legal Aid Society of Rockland County, Inc. (LASRC) successfully represented a Haverstraw homeowner against Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Co. On August 19, 2013, following four days of testimony, Wells Fargo agreed to refund an unspecified sum in additional interest that had accrued during the three years she had tried to obtain a modified mortgage while interest continued to accumulate.

“Those three years were a nightmare,” ...

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Ruling Issued in Country’s Only Discrimination Case Addressing HIV-Positive Children in Camp

The following article appeared Jan 19, 2010 on the website.

NEW YORK, January 19, 2010—The United States District Court for the Southern District of New
York has issued a summary judgment ruling in favor of the plaintiff in a discrimination suit brought
against Rockland County, New York-based Deer Mountain Day Camp by the mother of a 10-year-old
boy who was excluded from its one-week basketball program because he is HIV positive. The court
found that Deer Mountain Day ...

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