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KBF accepting grant applications for community redevelopment and foreclosure prevention legal assist

Tuesday, May 12, 2020   (1 Comments)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (May 12, 2020)

The Kansas Bar Foundation (KBF) is now receiving proposals for its 2021 CRHA Grant Program. CRHA is the Community Redevelopment and Homeowners Assistance grant program which provides funding to legal aid organizations in Kansas for the provision of legal services relating to foreclosure prevention and community redevelopment benefitting Kansas residents. Legal aid organizations eligible for these grants include any not-for-profit organization (or distinct part of such organization) in Kansas that regularly provide civil legal assistance to low-income individuals or groups without charge or at a greatly reduced cost.

Kansas Legal Services (KLS) received several CRHA grants in 2020 to host clean slate events. Due to COVID-19, KLS has had to delay clean slate clinics scheduled this spring and fall. KLS will be rescheduling events in Reno, Saline, Pratt and Johnson counties. The grants for each event are designed to provide legal assistance to individuals with criminal records that are subject to expungement under Kansas law. Such records hinder the process of obtaining employment or affordable housing. KLS recruits volunteer attorneys to work at the one-day clinics.

“While it's frustrating to have to cancel events with so many planning hours already invested, we know we can reschedule the events in the interest of keeping everyone safe. We're working on online options and other resources to make sure that those interested are not forgotten, and plan to continue to serve Kansas' most vulnerable populations,” stated Christine Campbell, KLS Statewide Pro Bono Director.

In 2019, with funding from a KBF CRHA grant, KLS provided 3,187 hours of staff training, advice and representation for foreclosure prevention assistance. Another 90 hours was provided by volunteers. This year, KLS received $200,000 to continue its work in offering legal assistance across the state.

Since 2015, the KBF has distributed $1.2 million in CRHA grants. Please visit https://www.ksbar.org/mpage/crha-grant to learn about the grant process and eligibility requirements. Proposals for 2021 funding are due by July 13, 2020.

 

Anne Woods
Director of Public Services/IOLTA Director
Kansas Bar Association/Kansas Bar Foundation
Email: awoods@ksbar.org
Direct: (785) 861-8838
Main: (785) 234-5696

About the Kansas Bar Foundation
For over 60 years, the Kansas Bar Foundation has funded opportunities for the citizens of Kansas for charitable and educational projects that foster the welfare, honor and integrity of the legal system by improving its accessibility, equality and uniformity, and by enhancing the public opinion of the role of lawyers in our society. Since 1984, with funding from Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, the Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants to provide legal services to those who cannot afford them and for educational programs in our schools for our children.

Comments...

Robert R. Hiller Jr says...
Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Keep up the good work, KBF !