|Community Foundation of Northern Illinois awards grant of $67,334.49 to continue the medical legal partnership between Crusader Community Health and Prairie State Legal Services
Prairie State Legal Services is proud to announce it has received a $67,334.49 grant to continue the Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) with Crusader Community Health that integrates civil legal services with health care to address health-harming social needs and social inequities to improve residents’ health. The grant was awarded by the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Community Grants Program.
The MLP allows Crusader patients to access no-cost civil legal services for important legal issues such as: eviction defense, getting repairs made to apartments, expunging criminal records, obtaining orders of protection or divorce, preparing advanced directives, obtaining guardianship of a minor or disabled adult, fighting housing discrimination, dealing with problems with public benefits, filing for bankruptcy, fighting foreclosure, and more. Crusader patients can request a referral for legal help through Crusader staff at any Winnebago County location or contact Crusader Community Connections at 815-490-1680 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An attorney will meet with clients at Crusader on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. A monthly expungement clinic will take place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. at Crusader Community Connections at 1200 W. State St., Rockford. All individuals asking for legal help will be screened for eligibility for free legal services before talking to an attorney and there is no guarantee of representation.
About Prairie State Legal Services:
With 12 office locations serving 36 counties in Northern and Central Illinois, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. works to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. It provides free legal services for low-income persons and those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. Prairie State's Rockford office has been providing free legal services in the community for over 40 years.
About Crusader Community Health:
For 47 years, Crusader Community Health has been a major part of the Rock River Valley community’s health care safety net, providing high-quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care to all. Crusader provides “Care Within Reach” to one in five area residents. In 2018, over 58,000 individual patients were served from eight clinic locations in northern Illinois. Crusader provides health care and community services for all, regardless of a patient's ability to pay, on an affordable sliding discount basis.
About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois:
The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for current and future needs of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953, CFNIL has granted more than $71 million for charitable purposes. Learn more about CFNIL’s grantmaking and commitment to endowment at www.cfnil.org.
For further information, contact:
Kira Devin, Staff Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services, 815-668-4413, firstname.lastname@example.org