May-June 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER / May-June 2018

South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) is a non-profit law firm. We provide free legal services in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina. Our mission is to provide legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low income South Carolinians.

“That’s My Money!”

In December 2016, Samantha Fleming got a letter from the local housing authority. The letter said that she had over $3,000 in her escrow account with the local housing authority. For about 3 years, Ms. Fleming had been enrolled in what is called Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. To her surprise, when she received the check, it was for $912. This was devastating as she was relying on that money to buy a home.

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World Elder Law Abuse Awareness Day Conference

Our first annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Conference was held June 15th at Horry Georgetown Technical Campus in Myrtle Beach. The event was sponsored by the South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) Elder Law Unit. It featured booths by local service providers as well as a wide variety of speakers on various subjects related to elder abuse.

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Bilingual Community Meeting

On June 4th, SCLS hosted a bilingual event for the Spanish-speaking population of the Lowcountry. The goals of the event were both, to inform families of children with special needs of their rights. Second, we wanted to hear stories from those families of their difficulties with participating in the special education process due to their limited English abilities. Read More

Did you know?

According to a recent study conducted by RewardExpert, South Carolina ranks as the eighth-worst state in the nation for low-income families. The study looked at seven different categories, including social programs and assistance, minimum wage and unemployment, housing, cost of living and more.

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Apply Online

Since launching the Apply Online portal in 2016, we continue to expand the number of legal categories available on the portal. The service is free. You can apply from the privacy of your home, local library, or anywhere else where you have access to internet. Check here to see if you can currently apply online with your legal particular issue.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Mural

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