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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 to 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.

2014 Outcomes

136 families received legal services, with 57 successful outcomes:

- Social Security benefits obtained for 9 families

- Disability benefits obtained for 3 families

- Eviction prevented for 3 families

-10 families attained public housing

- Hazardous living conditions controlled for 6 families

- 9 Landlord issues resolved

- Other outcomes include: transferred to new housing unit, unemployment benefits attained, and security deposit resolved

 234 process contacts completed with 475 activities performed:

- Met with client: 169

- Filed Paper Work: 82

- Disability Case: 80

- Negotiated with Housing Authority: 34

- Contacted Outside Agency: 54

- Other processes include: doctor consultations, attended hearings, negotiated with shelters and landlords, filed appeals

-Presented at the refugee provider meeting about LINC and answered questions in May 2014

 

Anna Spiro

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