Indianapolis Legal Aid Society has received a $250,000 COVID-19 relief grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., providing much-needed support for legal assistance to low-income Hoosiers in central Indiana who have been acutely affected by the ongoing pandemic.
“The biggest challenges we have faced during COVID-19 are lack of funding and modifying service delivery methods,” said John Floreancig, ILAS general counsel and CEO. “We are extremely grateful for the funding from Lilly Endowment as it will allow us to address these client issues with full staffing levels in 2021 and 2022.
Funding from the endowment will enable ILAS to hire an additional attorney. In addition, the legal aid provider will be able to increase paralegal support for the staff attorneys, sustain a social worker to continue to maintain wrap-around services for clients and retain its current office space in the English Foundation Building.
The grant, along with a record-setting holiday fundraiser, is giving ILAS a boost as demand is rising for legal aid because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, clients need help in such areas as driver’s license reinstatement, guardianships, and potential eviction issues.
Indiana Legal Services announced March 8 it had also received a $250,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment.