November 1, 2011
A compilation of responses from focus groups and interviews that reveal the details about the needs of low-income people in the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland's (LASC) service area in an effort to better prioritize its work.
This assessment looks at the issues in a broad manner to better determine what LASC can do to address issues affecting low-income in their service area.
The report shows that the majority of individuals who applied for LASC services in 2010 are those who identified as female, between the age of 18 and 59, Black, speak English, and live in Cuyahoga County.
The number of applicants who did not receive services increased from 4,911 in 2005 to 8,728 in 2010. However, the number who received services increased by 50 percent to 7,939. 51 percent of the applicants did not receive services in 2010 due to the lack of LASC resources to provide those services.
The most pressing problems that the participants from 10 focus groups and 115 interviewees identified include:
• Poverty/lack of a safety net for basic needs
• Lack of jobs and ability to get jobs
• Lack of affordable and quality housing
• Lack of affordable health care
• Lack of access to affordable transportation
• Children’ issues
Keywords: legal needs assessment, appraisal, survey, study, priorities
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Research
Publication Type: Report
Geographic coverage, US: Ohio
Topics: Legal Needs
How Provided: Legal Aid Attorneys
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