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Legal Initiative for Children (LINC)

Legal Initiative for Children (LINC) improves the well-being of immigrant and refugee children through legal advocacy related to public benefits and housing.

The Legal Initiative for Children (LINC) is an on-site program providing civil legal services to MGH Chelsea pediatric patients and their families to improve the conditions in which families live, and ultimately improve children’s health.  The LINC attorney, made possible through a partnership with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, advocates on behalf of patients’ families to prevent eviction, maintain household utility services, apply for subsidized housing, appeal parental disability denials, and access public and disability benefits.  Serving the family unit as a whole, LINC brings tangible benefits to refugee and immigrant patients. The recent integration of LINC encounters into medical record (LMR) notes has led to improved coordination of, and communication about, medical-legal issues among health center providers.

Outcomes

In 2013, 92 families received legal services. Of the 48 total successful outcomes:

-Social Security benefits attained for 18 families

-Disability benefits obtained for persons

-Eviction prevented for 4 families

-4 families were placed in shelters

-Transitional Assistance obtained for 4 families

 

Anna Spiro

Phone: 617 887-3747
Email: ASPIRO@PARTNERS.ORG