LOS ANGELES, September 11, 2017 — This Saturday, September 16, homeless veterans can receive assistance with a variety of legal matters, such as help defending against tickets and warrants, obtaining government benefits, applying for VA benefits and help clearing criminal records.
“Veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County continues to be a major issue and it cannot be solved by housing advocacy alone,” said Nicole Perez, directing attorney of LAFLA’s Veterans Justice Center. “Veterans and their families need legal services to help them navigate complicated bureaucracies, so they can obtain vital income, food, and medical support, and remove employment barriers. We are proud to work alongside these veterans.” Last year’s Stand Down provided legal assistance to over 100 veterans.
At the Stand Down, homeless veterans can also receive health screenings, food, clothing, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to other services. These collaborative events bring together the local Veterans Administration, other government agencies and community organizations to provide holistic help to homeless veterans.
Staff attorneys from Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, volunteer attorneys and volunteer paralegals will be the sole providers of legal services at this year’s Stand Down. This is the eighth consecutive year that LAFLA and its volunteers have provided legal aid.
What: Compton Homeless Veterans Stand Down
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017; doors open at 6:00 a.m., legal services begin at 9:00 a.m.
Where: 700 N. Bullis Road, Compton, CA 90221
About Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is the frontline law firm for poor and low-income people in Los Angeles. It provides legal representation and other legal assistance to low-income people in civil legal matters. It has five offices in Greater Los Angeles, along with four Self-Help Legal Access Centers at area courthouses and three domestic violence clinics and helps over 80,000 people each year.