Legal Aid Service of Collier County is using a $96,851 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County’s Disaster Assistance Fund to support its housing, consumer law, veterans, elder law, and disaster relief efforts.

The grant was applied to maintain the positions of two attorneys and two paralegals in its Disaster Relief Unit Project. Over the 12-month grant term that ended February 4, the unit assisted 473 low-income clients in need, including those facing eviction, foreclosure, and those in need of income maintenance legal services to address basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, and transportation.

The unit prevented 151 evictions, keeping many vulnerable residents from homelessness including single parents with minor children, disabled or infirm clients, expectant mothers, and the elderly, according to Legal Aid Service of Collier County. The 473 cases handled by the DAF Project Unit impacted the lives of 1,196 individuals and resulted in $580,882 in total economic benefits secured to assist these clients.