Mobile Justice Squad for Seniors

Geraldine DeBianchi
A grant from the American Bar Endowment made it possible to deliver legal services to elderly clients who are isolated or homebound.

A grant from the American Bar Endowment made it possible to deliver legal services to elderly clients who are isolated or homebound.

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A June 2018 study, “The Silver Tsunami: Is Broward Ready,” identified issues and challenges facing the elderly in Broward County, including coordination of and access to services resulting from isolation and lack of mobility. Coast to Coast Legal Aid (CCLA), the only free legal services provider in Broward County dedicated to serving seniors, struggled to help seniors who couldn’t come to our offices.

What Is the Mobile Justice Squad?

We found out about American Bar Endowment (ABE) Opportunity Grants and saw that some had gone to organizations that wanted to launch mobile justice units. We were thrilled to receive the call in February 2020 that the ABE awarded a grant to us to fund the purchase of a van for the Mobile Justice Squad, delivering legal services to elderly clients who are isolated or homebound due to geography, disability, income, or lack of transportation. 

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