The Active Intake Project (AIP) is an innovative legal services delivery program, which brings legal services directly to the neighborhoods where D.C. seniors live. The AIP is part of AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s Pro Bono Project. While most of our cases require D.C. seniors to initiate contact with our office through our legal intake line, the Active Intake Project ensures that LCE reaches underserved, low-income seniors in the District who may be reluctant or unable to initiate contact with our office.
How the Program Works
By holding periodic legal intake clinics in various senior centers, subsidized senior housing buildings, churches, senior fairs and other places where seniors congregate, the Active Intake Project is able to connect with underserved seniors. At each clinic, the active intake attorney and her volunteers meet individually with seniors present to complete a "Legal Health Assessment," which pinpoints areas in which each participant may require legal assistance. Then after conducting a conflicts check, we schedule in-office appointments for clients whom we met in the field and require ongoing legal help. Cases requiring extended legal representation are referred to LCE's Pro Bono Project for referral to a volunteer attorney in the District of Columbia.
The Active Intake Project handles civil cases for eligible clients in the areas, such as Medicare/Medicaid, debt collection relief, landlord/tenant matters, public benefits, consumer fraud, powers of attorney for health care and finance, and wills. The Active Intake Project has placed a special emphasis in recent years on disenfranchised Asian seniors in the Chinatown area of Washington, D.C.