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Lawyers trained to offer free help to struggling low-income students

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“How can we work together to make sure a student is in an environment that allows them to learn effectively?”

The question was asked, and then answered, by CLA staff attorney Nicole Cardamone, pictured above. She was leading a training in special education law for attorneys interested in offering pro bono representation to low-income families struggling to ensure that their child’s special needs don’t present a barrier to receiving a quality education.

Northampton Mayor: End to Community Development Block Grant money would be major loss

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According to Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, ending Community Development Block Grants would be a big mistake:

In the area of public services, we’ve used CDBG to help support a wide range of local agencies serving low- and moderate-income residents including the Grove Street Inn Homeless Shelter, Interfaith Emergency Homeless Shelter, Manna Soup Kitchen, Northampton Survival Center, Casa Latina, Community Legal Aid, the Center for New Americans, and Highland Valley Elder Services.

Northampton Mayor: End to Community Development Block Grant money would be major loss

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According to Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, ending Community Development Block Grants would be a big mistake:

In the area of public services, we’ve used CDBG to help support a wide range of local agencies serving low- and moderate-income residents including the Grove Street Inn Homeless Shelter, Interfaith Emergency Homeless Shelter, Manna Soup Kitchen, Northampton Survival Center, Casa Latina, Community Legal Aid, the Center for New Americans, and Highland Valley Elder Services.

Worcester, Gardner to get share of $350K grant

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Veterans' agencies in Worcester and Gardner along with two in Boston will share $350,000 in state grants to provide legal assistance to hundreds of veterans in need.

The grants will help fund general legal representation for veterans, as well as other services including housing and education assistance, employment, health benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and discharge status upgrade.

Legal program seeks to close 'justice gap' on housing

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By Bob Dunn
The Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — Participants in Berkshire Housing Court now have access to legal advice and assistance from members of the Berkshire Bar Association through its new Lawyer for the Day program.

The program, which began with the Jan. 4 Housing Court session, will complement legal services already provided to low-income tenants and property owners provided by Community Legal Aid, said Gordon Shaw, its director of client access.

Closing the case: Sealing court records can be key to employment

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By Tom Quinn

Community Legal Aid attorney Anne Keyworth also said sealing records was a benefit to society, not just the person in question. Keyworth has been with CLA since September, and the organization has put a focus on the “CORI and re-entry project,” helping clients transition from incarceration to success.

Read the full story, published in Worcester Magazine, here.

CLA participates in effort to fight ‘existing slavery’ in Massachusetts

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WORCESTER, Mass.—Community activists and organizations came together Jan. 11 at City Hall to mark the World Day Against Human Trafficking, as well as to draw attention to the issue and how it affects Central Massachusetts.

Human trafficking occurs when someone is held in captivity and forced to perform work – often sexual in nature – against their will for the profit of others. In Worcester and other Massachusetts communities, organizers said, many prostitutes are not working of their own free will, but are victims of trafficking.