For 35 years, LCE has championed the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C.'s elderly by providing free legal and social work services to those in need — empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.
LCE's staff and volunteers assist more than 5,000 elders each year, with monetary benefits totaling over $5 million. More than 90 percent of older neighbors receiving help from LCE are persons of color, and three out of four are low-income women.
LCE volunteers, interns and fellows contribute thousands of hours of pro bono service annually, helping clients with many types of cases:
25 percent involve protective services — guardianships, conservatorships, grandparent caregiving and custody, and powers of attorney.
20 percent are housing advocacy cases — preserving affordable housing, and preventing evictions and homelessness.
15 percent provide direct consumer protection — defending older D.C. residents against identity theft, fraud, predatory lending, scams and other practices that target vulnerable elderly.
15 percent involve helping those age 60+ to create or update wills.
15 percent promote economic security of poor D.C. seniors — providing help with public benefits such as Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, utility bills, etc.
10 percent of LCE's cases consist of health care, long-term care and nursing home concerns.
Legal Counsel for the Elderly proudly participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). To make a contribution to LCE through this annual workplace giving campaign, simply use our unique, official designation code: CFC # 31866.
Legal Counsel for the Elderly proudly participates in the annual community campaign of the United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA). To make a contribution to LCE through this annual workplace giving campaign, simply use our unique, official designation code: United Way # 8808.
Part of the Senior Service Network – Supported by the DC Office on Aging.