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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (Lenox Hill), widely recognized as one of New York’s premier nonprofit human service organizations, is a 123-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated human services which significantly improve the lives of thousands of people in need each year on the East Side of Manhattan. Their clients include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants, disabled persons, adult learners and thousands more. Lenox Hill is among the oldest settlement houses in the nation, and has long been a leader in addressing issues including affordable housing, health care, hunger, education, poverty, homelessness and long-term care for older adults.
The Legal Advocacy program was created in 2004 to address the lack of general civil legal organizations in the community. The Department, currently consisting of 11 attorneys, 6 advocates, and 2 coordinators, provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to individuals and families on the East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. It operates through a multidisciplinary approach to legal representation, such that the clients receive assistance not only with their civil legal needs, but also have access to social workers, psychiatrists, care managers, ESOL classes and more within the organization. This synergy of legal advocacy and social services creates a powerful tool to achieve social justice for those in need.
The Legal Advocacy Department now assists more than 3000 low-income individuals and families each year with diverse civil legal issues such as:
• Advance Directives - The Legal Advocacy Department partners with volunteer attorneys to assist low-income older adults seeking legal counseling and assistance with the drafting and execution of one or more of their Advance Directives, including Powers of Attorney, Wills, Health Care Proxies and Living Wills.
• Eviction Prevention - provides free legal services to help individuals and families remain in their homes and avoid eviction.
• Health Care Access Project - helps low-income families, disabled and older adults, and their caregivers, navigate and access critical health care benefits, including Medicaid, Medicare and health insurance on the NY State of Health Marketplace.
• Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Assistance Project (SCRIE) – helps low-income older adults remain in their homes by exempting them from future rent increases.
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – a SNAP advocate conducts confidential pre-screenings to determining whether clients are eligible and assists them in submitting their application.
For more information on Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, please visit their website at www.lenoxhill.org.