LCE empowers, defends, and protects Washington’s older residents, taking care of critical legal matters like nursing home safety, wills, and power of attorney, but also addressing fundamental human needs: economic security, housing, mental health/social isolation – all needs that pre-existed the pandemic but were exacerbated by it. LCE began working with clients who had lost jobs or were experiencing debt and also with those who needed counsel to address evictions and illegal landlord activity. In the face of increased mental health concerns, it began conducting regular wellness checks, provided civil protection orders in response to complaints of domestic abuse, added training for staff on how to navigate challenging conversations on topics like suicidal thoughts, and addressed food security and other services needed to keep vulnerable clients safe and healthy. Surely, one test of a community's compassion is how it cares for its older adults.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8
Age Groups Served: Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls
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$10,000,000 in monetary benefits and/or legal victories obtained for our clients annually
Awards & Recognition
Received the Community Cornerstone Award from D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds for making "an extraordinary impact in improving the quality of life and well-being of District residents" (August 2015)
Received the prestigious Potter Stewart Award from the Council on Court Excellence in recognition of its superlative advocacy efforts (May 2014)
Received the Laura Lisner Award "for outstanding achievements enhancing the quality of life for older adults" (May 2011)
Named the "Best Place to Volunteer in D.C." by the Washington City Paper (March 2011)
For 12 consecutive years LCE's Pro Bono Publico newsletter has received an "APEX Award for Excellence"
- 'I wasn't crazy': A homeless woman's long war to prove the feds owe her $100,000
Mon Aug 22 2016, Washington Post
Legal Counsel for the Elderly helped a homeless 80-year-old DC woman secure $100,000+ she was owed by Social Security.
- Hundreds in D.C. lost Medicaid assistance without cause, attorneys say
Mon Aug 12 2013, Washington Post
"These are absolutely critical services. The safety net falls and we look at dire consequences." - Rebekah Mason, LCE staff attorney
- DC's tax-sale system lacks notice to homeowners, attorneys say
Mon May 28 2012, Washington Post
DC's property tax sale system is severely flawed; the article highlights key systemic reforms advocated by LCE & others
- Asesoria legal gratis para jubilados en Washington DC (Free legal advice for retirees in Washington D.C.)
Fri Jun 17 2011, Univision
This TV news story highlights LCE's expanded efforts to serve our older Latino neighbors here in the District of Columbia.
- A legal voice for those who can't afford a lawyer
Mon Jun 7 2010, Washington Post "Capital Business"
Feature article about LCE's Board Chair Bill Isaacson focuses on his long history of pro bono service & charitable support (see page 22).
- The current budget for Legal Counsel for the Elderly is: $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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