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LCE Legal Associate, Ebonee Avery-Washington

LCE believes there is no substitute for having staff "on the ground" in the community. LCE's Self Help Office (SHO) Program provides community-based, free legal services to D.C. seniors at five partnering sites:

  • Downtown Cluster – NW
  • Israel Baptist- NE
  • Capitol View Baptist – NE
  • IONA – NW
  • Bread – SE

SHO was created to empower seniors through advocacy and to develop the concept of community partnerships. Assistance is provided directly, facilitated by a legal associate and volunteers. SHO assists upward of 200 seniors each year by providing direct brief legal services, including but not limited to:

  • Information on requesting services from the D.C. government;
  • Legal information;
  • Self-help guides;
  • Public benefits checkups;
  • Applications for public benefits;
  • Help drafting consumer complaint letters;
  • Referrals to social service agencies;
  • Assistance filing small claims cases;
  • Information on requests for vital records;
  • Legal advice by telephone.

Throughout the year, SHO participates in outreach activities and initiatives targeting faith-based institutions, members of the D.C. Office on Aging "Senior Services Network," and other agencies.