Overview of Community Legal Aid, Inc.
- Community Legal Aid, Inc. (CLA) is the free civil legal aid provider for residents of the five counties of central and western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester).
- CLA maintains full-time offices in Worcester, Springfield, Northampton and Pittsfield, and also uses satellite office space to meet with clients in more remote parts of our region.
- CLA specializes in assisting tenants threatened with eviction or the loss of a rent subsidy; homeless families trying to access shelter; individuals and families trying to access public benefits programs and unemployment compensation; domestic violence victims in family law matters; persons seeking humanitarian-based immigration relief; students in need of services to help them thrive in school; elders facing threats to their autonomy, independence, or safety, and persons seeking help with a legal problem because they are a victim of a crime or a survivor of a homicide victim.
Benefits of Legal Aid to the Commonwealth
Legal aid benefits both clients and their communities by saving everyone money. In 2013, legal aid services generated an estimated $28 million in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through new federal revenue, other benefits and cost savings.
“Most Americans don’t realize that you can have your home taken away, your children taken away and you can be a victim of domestic violence but you have no constitutional right to a lawyer to protect you.”
Jim Sandman, President,
Legal Services Corporation