Justice In Action: Legal Aid Profile of Shriver Center
Due to the state budget impasse, the IEJF was unable to make grants to civil legal aid organizations via its mission funding source this year. Read below for the results of an IEJF grant made to the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law last year with funding from the state appropriation for civil legal aid. IEJF grants use legal information, advice and representation as tools to help vulnerable Illinoisans solve problems to improve their lives.
Helping Students Get Public Assistance
Although education is crucial for low-income adults looking to gain financial stability, it can be difficult for many students pursuing postsecondary education or job training to support themselves while they are in school. Public benefits can, and often do, serve as an important resource for struggling students, but many students are not aware of the benefits available to them or how to access those benefits. The Shriver Center’s new publication, Getting Ahead: An Adult Student’s Guide to Public Benefits in Illinois, is intended to help struggling students get the help they need. Getting Ahead offers information on eligibility and how to apply for a variety of benefits available to adult students. Published online in an accessible and user-friendly format with funding from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, Getting Ahead is intended to help students can find the resources they need more quickly, even on a mobile phone. Please pass Getting Ahead on to any students, educators, school counselors, administrators, or social service providers who may need guidance.
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For over 40 years, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law has improved lives through the development of innovative and effective programs and policies that advance justice and opportunity for people living in poverty.