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2 Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County Equal Access to Justice

3 Our Mission Our Mission is to ensure that low- income people and seniors have access to the civil justice system - to secure safe shelter, adequate income, and protection from domestic violence and elder abuse. Our Mission is to ensure that low- income people and seniors have access to the civil justice system - to secure safe shelter, adequate income, and protection from domestic violence and elder abuse.

4 Primary Services Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders Housing Discrimination, Habitability and Eviction Defense Social Security, SSI and Public Benefits Eligibility Appeals Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders Housing Discrimination, Habitability and Eviction Defense Social Security, SSI and Public Benefits Eligibility Appeals

5 Other Services Legal Resource Centers Telecom Rights Campaign Consumer Debt Clinic Project Outreach Senior Outreach Advance Health Care Directives Legal Resource Centers Telecom Rights Campaign Consumer Debt Clinic Project Outreach Senior Outreach Advance Health Care Directives

6 Protection from Abuse One Clients Story Our client was a Santa Barbara mother with 2 teenage girls, ages 12 and 16. Her ex-husband had been convicted and imprisoned for sexually molesting his older daughter. The mother came to Legal Aid after her ex- husband attempted to contact the older daughter by having his sister forward her a letter. One Clients Story Our client was a Santa Barbara mother with 2 teenage girls, ages 12 and 16. Her ex-husband had been convicted and imprisoned for sexually molesting his older daughter. The mother came to Legal Aid after her ex- husband attempted to contact the older daughter by having his sister forward her a letter.

7 Protection from Abuse How Did Legal Aid Help? Our client was frightened because her ex-husband had been released from prison and the Restraining Order she had obtained when the abuse was discovered had expired. Legal Aid helped the woman renew the Restraining Order for another 3 years. How Did Legal Aid Help? Our client was frightened because her ex-husband had been released from prison and the Restraining Order she had obtained when the abuse was discovered had expired. Legal Aid helped the woman renew the Restraining Order for another 3 years.

8 Legal Help for Seniors One Clients Story Our client was an elderly Lompoc woman whose home was being seized by the Sheriff because of a debt her deceased husband had neglected to pay several years earlier. The value of her home was far greater than the amount of the debt. One Clients Story Our client was an elderly Lompoc woman whose home was being seized by the Sheriff because of a debt her deceased husband had neglected to pay several years earlier. The value of her home was far greater than the amount of the debt.

9 Legal Help for Seniors How Did Legal Aid Help? Legal Aid negotiated an agreement with the creditors attorney. The creditor agreed to postpone collection of the debt during the womans lifetime. Our client can now remain in her home. How Did Legal Aid Help? Legal Aid negotiated an agreement with the creditors attorney. The creditor agreed to postpone collection of the debt during the womans lifetime. Our client can now remain in her home.

10 Protecting the Disabled One Clients Story Our client was an elderly, slightly developmentally disabled, monolingual Spanish-speaking Santa Maria couple. They were being evicted from the home they had rented for 20 years because they used their rent money to pay for a family members funeral and repair their only vehicle. One Clients Story Our client was an elderly, slightly developmentally disabled, monolingual Spanish-speaking Santa Maria couple. They were being evicted from the home they had rented for 20 years because they used their rent money to pay for a family members funeral and repair their only vehicle.

11 Protecting the Disabled How Did Legal Aid Help? Legal Aid contacted Adult Protective Services and secured funds to pay off a portion of the past due rent. Legal Aid then negotiated an agreement with the landlord that allowed the couple to make monthly payments over a 1 year period to pay off the remainder of the past due rent. Legal Aid also worked with APS to set up a payee account for future rent payments so the couples home will not be jeopardized in the future. How Did Legal Aid Help? Legal Aid contacted Adult Protective Services and secured funds to pay off a portion of the past due rent. Legal Aid then negotiated an agreement with the landlord that allowed the couple to make monthly payments over a 1 year period to pay off the remainder of the past due rent. Legal Aid also worked with APS to set up a payee account for future rent payments so the couples home will not be jeopardized in the future.

12 Preventing Homelessness One Clients Story Our client was a mildly mentally disabled Santa Barbara woman who had been ordered to vacate her apartment while plumbing repairs were being made. Unable to afford a motel and unaware that the property manager was violating her rights, the woman took her pet cockatiels and started sleeping in the park. One Clients Story Our client was a mildly mentally disabled Santa Barbara woman who had been ordered to vacate her apartment while plumbing repairs were being made. Unable to afford a motel and unaware that the property manager was violating her rights, the woman took her pet cockatiels and started sleeping in the park.

13 Preventing Homelessness How Did Legal Aid Help? Because the weather was exceptionally hot at the time, the womans pet birds began to suffer; when she sought help for the birds she was referred to Legal Aid. Legal Aid informed the property manager that his actions were illegal. Legal Aid called the police and arranged for officers to escort our client and her pet birds back to her apartment. How Did Legal Aid Help? Because the weather was exceptionally hot at the time, the womans pet birds began to suffer; when she sought help for the birds she was referred to Legal Aid. Legal Aid informed the property manager that his actions were illegal. Legal Aid called the police and arranged for officers to escort our client and her pet birds back to her apartment.

14 Other Help with Housing Fair Housing Advocacy Rental property testing. Health and Safety Code Enforcement Working with code enforcement. Fair Housing Advocacy Rental property testing. Health and Safety Code Enforcement Working with code enforcement.

15 Unmet Needs Family Law Contested divorces Custody and property disputes Guardianship applications Consumer Law Auto loan repossessions Credit report corrections Wage garnishments Family Law Contested divorces Custody and property disputes Guardianship applications Consumer Law Auto loan repossessions Credit report corrections Wage garnishments

16 Volunteer Opportunities Project Outreach Senior Outreach Legal Resource Centers DVRO Clinics Consumer Debt Clinic Internships Fundraising Committees Board of Directors Project Outreach Senior Outreach Legal Resource Centers DVRO Clinics Consumer Debt Clinic Internships Fundraising Committees Board of Directors

17 How to Support Legal Aid Special Event Sponsorship Justice for All Fund Monthly Pledge House Parties Cy Pres Awards Annual Auction Endowment Gift Bequest Special Event Sponsorship Justice for All Fund Monthly Pledge House Parties Cy Pres Awards Annual Auction Endowment Gift Bequest

18 Budget RevenueAmountPercent Donations & Special Events$170,00023% Government Grants$235,75031% Foundation Grants$138,00019% Bar Grants$146,40020% Fees$49,4007% Total Revenue$739,175100% Expenses Labor$548,70475% Professional Fees$16,1002% Program Costs$144,79020% Fundraising Costs$23,4003% Total Expenses$732,995100% Net$6,1800.8%

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20 Expenses

21 Attorneys & Advocates Yvonne Cudney, Director of Litigation Ellen Goodstein, Program Director Alex Lambrous, Santa Barbara Robert Test, Lompoc (starts 1/4/06) Jane Wierda, Santa Barbara LRC Diamond Tran, Santa Maria LRC Elizabeth Diaz, DVRO Coordinator Yvonne Cudney, Director of Litigation Ellen Goodstein, Program Director Alex Lambrous, Santa Barbara Robert Test, Lompoc (starts 1/4/06) Jane Wierda, Santa Barbara LRC Diamond Tran, Santa Maria LRC Elizabeth Diaz, DVRO Coordinator

22 Support Staff Claire Magee, Paralegal Corine Greensky, Intake Coordinator Maribel Aguilera, Intake Coordinator Mari Estrada, Office Manager Jennifer Ohlmacher, Development Audrie Krause, Executive Director Claire Magee, Paralegal Corine Greensky, Intake Coordinator Maribel Aguilera, Intake Coordinator Mari Estrada, Office Manager Jennifer Ohlmacher, Development Audrie Krause, Executive Director

23 Board of Directors Officers Philip Sinco, President Garry Tetalman, President-Elect David Thurber, Vice President Molora Vadnais, Secretary Barbara Tzur, Treasurer Officers Philip Sinco, President Garry Tetalman, President-Elect David Thurber, Vice President Molora Vadnais, Secretary Barbara Tzur, Treasurer

24 Board of Directors Members Tim Allison Yvette Andrade James Cordes Allan Ghitterman David Landecker Jennifer Raphael Members Tim Allison Yvette Andrade James Cordes Allan Ghitterman David Landecker Jennifer Raphael

25 Where to Find Us Offices Santa Barbara: 301 E. Canon Perdido St. Santa Maria: 301 S. Miller St., Ste. 116 Lompoc: 106 S. C St., Ste. A Offices Santa Barbara: 301 E. Canon Perdido St. Santa Maria: 301 S. Miller St., Ste. 116 Lompoc: 106 S. C St., Ste. A

26 Where to Find Us Legal Resource Centers Santa Barbara Courthouse McMahon Law Library 1100 Anapamu St. Santa Maria Courthouse Santa Maria Law Library 312-C E. Cook St. Legal Resource Centers Santa Barbara Courthouse McMahon Law Library 1100 Anapamu St. Santa Maria Courthouse Santa Maria Law Library 312-C E. Cook St.

27 Where to Find Us Project Outreach (weekly, drop-in) Tuesday: Franklin Community Center, SB Wednesday: Goleta Community Center Thursday: Westside Community Center, SB Senior Outreach (monthly, appointment) Carpinteria Senior Center Goleta Senior Center Lompoc Senior Center Project Outreach (weekly, drop-in) Tuesday: Franklin Community Center, SB Wednesday: Goleta Community Center Thursday: Westside Community Center, SB Senior Outreach (monthly, appointment) Carpinteria Senior Center Goleta Senior Center Lompoc Senior Center

28 Where to Find Us Domestic Violence Clinics Santa Barbara Office Santa Maria Legal Resource Center Consumer Debt Clinic Santa Barbara Legal Resource Center Domestic Violence Clinics Santa Barbara Office Santa Maria Legal Resource Center Consumer Debt Clinic Santa Barbara Legal Resource Center

29 Equal Access to Justice The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County Thank You! The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County Thank You!


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