The Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) of Southwestern Indiana has received a grant of $25,859 from the Indiana Bar Foundation to support the expansion of the agency’s low income legal clinics.
Part of the Foundation’s Community Redevelopment Legal Assistance grant program, these funds will expand services for clients living in or near Evansville’s newly designated Promise Zone.
VLP currently serves clients in eleven counties in Southwestern Indiana and coordinated 4,783 hours of pro bono legal services valued at over $837,000 in 2016.
Nearly 200 local attorneys and paralegal professionals volunteer through VLP each year.
As part of the grant VLP will double the number of Talk-to-a-Lawyer phone clinics from once to twice per month.
That telephone hotline clinic will now be offered on the first Thursday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Central Time and on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Time.
Low income residents with legal questions can call (812) 618-4845 or (888) 594-3449 during those times to speak with an attorney member of the Evansville Bar Association.
“The grant will also allow VLP to expand its services to low income individuals and nonprofit groups in Evansville’s Promise Zone, including providing legal help to small and micro business enterprises,” according to VLP Staff Director Scott Wylie. “We are partnering with the Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to provide training and access to legal service to nonprofits and micro-enterprises working to make distressed parts of our community better.”
New clinics for low income residents of the Promise Zone, focused on housing and employment stability, will begin later in the summer.