Help For A Family With Disabilities
"Diana" is a single mother, who became homeless after being laid off from her job. By the time Diana had found another job, the CalFresh application she had submitted in the interim had been denied for reasons of "incorrect paperwork." Certain she had done everything correctly, Diana turned to Legal Aid's LIBRE (Linking Immigrants to Benefits Resources and Education) program, where an attorney confirmed that Diana had, indeed, followed all proper procedures, and eventually won for her family not only ongoing CalFresh benefits, but $1,500 in overdue benefits.
But that wasn't the end of the story: the LIBRE attorney also identified other legal issues keeping Diana and her family from stabilizing their tenuous living situation. She connected Diana to other community resources to help with her housing situation, and referred Diana to another Legal Aid attorney who specializes in special education, after she learned that one of Diana's children had not been attending school.
To protect client confidentiality, all client names have been changed.