Help us welcome our newest staff members to the LSSP team!
Protecting the health of individuals is important to LSSP as we work to end the cycle of poverty for our clients and in our community, which is why we are so proud of our Health Insurance Navigator Project. On December 11, we were honored to host U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell in Charlotte as she visited our office, observed LSSP Navigator and partner enrollment efforts, and spoke with our staff about their work. Thank you for visiting, Secretary Burwell!
Today, on the final day of the #GivingTuesdayCLT celebration, we invite you to join Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, SHARE Charlotte and 107 other local nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayCLT, a community-wide collaboration for the good of our neighbors!
When Dorothy became a victim of identity theft, a LSSP attorney helped her save her home and livelihood.
Mark Merritt, LSSP board member & attorney at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., has been a lead supporter of LSSP for 30 years.
P.S. Any financial gift given today will be partially matched with $50,000 in matching funds donated to the #GivingTuesdayCLT collaboration of Charlotte nonprofits by the Knight Foundation, Bank of America, Foundation For The Carolinas, the Reemprise Fund and presenting sponsor Google Fiber.
With holiday celebrations around the corner, hunger remains an unfortunate reality for many in the Charlotte area and statewide. In fact, North Carolina has the 9th highest level of food insecurity in the nation, and 16.7% of North Carolinians lack the resources they need to get enough nutritious food for a healthy life. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) plays a critical role in helping individuals and families afford food; however, beginning next year, these critical benefits will become more difficult for many to receive.
Beginning January 1, 2016, childless, non-disabled adults living in 23 N.C. counties, including Mecklenburg, will be limited to three months of SNAP benefits in a three-year period if they are not able to find work, volunteer or job training activities totaling at least 20 hours per week. These same changes are coming to the rest of North Carolina by July 2016. This means that thousands of Mecklenburg County’s poorest residents will be cut off from SNAP early next year. Research suggests that many of those cut off face serious hardship, with some being on the brink of homelessness.
The availability of a safety net affects us all. The return of the SNAP time limit means food banks and pantries will see increased demand, shelters may see an increase in need as people skip rent to put food on the table, and medical providers may see more of their most vulnerable patients forgo medications to buy food, especially since our state government declined Medicaid expansion.
The SNAP time limit is complex and challenging to administer. We remain committed to working with other stakeholders to ensure these changes are implemented fairly and accurately, and that those who are either working or exempt are not wrongfully denied. As always, individuals facing obstacles accessing food stamps or other benefits are invited to contact us.
For more information on this policy change, check the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report.
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont is excited to invite you to participate in the global #GivingTuesday movement on December 1! Join LSSP, SHARE Charlotte and 107 other local nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayCLT, a community-wide collaboration for the good of our neighbors!
Between now and December 1, we’re asking Charlotte and beyond to give justice by giving a gift – money, time, supplies – to support Access to Justice. Supporting the Access to Justice Campaign means giving justice to those who need it most, people in our community who are survivors of violence, families in need and our veterans. You can give them the critical legal assistance they need to access security and opportunity by joining LSSP for #GivingTuesdayCLT.
As a bonus, any financial gift given between now and December 1 will be partially matched with $50,000 in matching funds donated to the #GivingTuesdayCLT collaboration of Charlotte nonprofits by the Knight Foundation, Bank of America, Foundation For The Carolinas, the Reemprise Fund and presenting sponsor Google Fiber.
And if you give a gift of $1,000 or more between now and December 1, you’ll be included in our Leadership Donors List publicized in December!
As a legal aid nonprofit, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont employs many public service attorneys who rely on programs like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to support them in the work that they are passionate about, like representing children in immigration court, helping people access vital health care and protecting people from scams and wage theft. Several LSSP attorneys shared why preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is critical to public service attorneys, like themselves, who rely on it to serve people in need of vital legal help. Listen to their stories below:
– Elizabeth Garcia joins us a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator and is a graduate of St. George’s University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
– Gelila Selassie is our new Family Support and Health Care staff member and is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and University of South Carolina.
The Service Member Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and a variety of other laws offer special protections to current service members. In recognition of some of these protections, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts recently prepared form AOC-G-250 to allow for the submission of evidence on military status when required by law. Specifically, an inquiry into military service should be made when a default judgment becomes a potential issue in a civil case because additional protections apply to current service members. There may be reasons to submit this information earlier. Some of the protections that can be provided to current service members include:
To read more about the SCRA, you can visit: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/moving?content_id=267394. To get information about how the rules apply in a specific case, please contact an attorney.
Great news from a recent report: the number of uninsured people in the U.S. has declined by a third—15.8 million people!—since major provisions of the ACA took effect in 2013, with significant impact reported among those who live near the poverty line. We’re honored to partner with so many organizations in our community to protect the health of those in need: Care Ring, NC Get Covered, Get Covered Meck, Latin American Coalition, International House, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Charlotte Community Health Clinic and Enroll America!
Learn more about our Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators.