2008 grant recipients
The Board of Trustees recently authorized grants, totaling $25,000, to support pro bono programs and projects that promote the public understanding of the law to the following agencies. These funds will be distributed in early 2008.
Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh
To provide the professional supervision and oversight necessary to enable 10-12 non-immigration pro bono attorneys to represent indigent immigrants in removal proceedings through the Pittsburgh Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center (PRIAC).
To complete the funding of the Independent Living Advocacy Program which advocates for the rights of teens aging out of the foster care system to receive independent living resources and services needed to transition to independent functioning as adults, including the right to education; vocation and career services; physical and mental health care; housing; relationships with caring adults; knowledge of community resources; and public benefits/services.
Mental Health Legal Services
To ensure people with mental illness receive legal assistance in a timely and understanding manner thereby ensuring the best opportunity to achieve positive resolutions to their legal problems.
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
To develop an outreach project at area homeless shelters to ensure that all homeless individuals have access to legal advice on-site; to coordinate with other area legal services providers, pro bono attorneys and law students regarding coverage of the various shelters within Allegheny County; and to recruit/train pro bono attorneys and law students to assist in providing outreach, advice and representation to the homeless regarding their legal issues.
Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
To support the cost of the Legal Coordinator who oversees the PATF Legal Program and works with PATF's Pro Bono Legal Network in order to provide support and help resolve clients' legal issues and provide assistance for legal issues particularly related to PATF clients that are not addressed elsewhere in the legal services community.
To help implement a two-year pilot juvenile crime prevention strategy program, SNAP-Pittsburgh at Auberle, which will treat 63 at-risk boys (ages 6-12) per year who have engaged in the first signs of delinquency to improve their behavior and decrease the number of juvenile offenders who continue in a path of crime. If successful, SNAP may be built into the Juvenile Court's on-going treatment budget for up to 300 boys per year.