Elizabeth Rios, Managing Attorney
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Legal Services of South Central Michigan Receives a $15,000 grant from Capital Region Community Foundation
Lansing, MI – Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) has received a $15,000 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation to expand the services provided to low-income individuals in the tri-county area.
LSSCM is a non-profit legal aid organization providing free legal advice and representation in civil cases with a focus on homelessness and domestic violence prevention. In 2015, LSSCM assisted 348 clients who were facing eviction in the Lansing area. LSSCM has a demonstrated history of preventing homelessness through civil legal representation in housing, income, and domestic violence cases. Each year, more than 95% of the families LSSCM represents achieve positive outcomes.
With the support of our Community Foundation, LSSCM is now able to go beyond eviction cases and provide assistance to individuals who are not facing eviction, but who are suffering the consequences, often health-related, of living in substandard or unsafe rental housing. The short-term goal of these affirmative housing cases is helping individuals enforce their rights to safe and habitable housing. Long-term, LSSCM is hopeful that this work will lead to an improved and safer rental market throughout Lansing.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to reach more low-income individuals and families in the area and help them get and keep the improved, safe housing that they deserve,” said Elizabeth Rios, Managing Attorney of LSSCM’s Lansing office.
LSSCM’s Lansing office serves Ingham, Clinton, Eaton, Shiawasee and Livingston Counties. For more information about LSSCM, please visit lsscm.org. LSSCM is a program of Michigan Advocacy Program, miadvocacy.org.
Since 1987, Capital Region Community Foundation has been growing a pool of philanthropic resources supported by thousands of donors and benefiting scores of charitable organizations dedicated to improving life in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. Visit crcfoundation.org for more information.