Lilly Endowment gives $250K boost to legal aid

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Indiana Legal Services has received a $250,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to help the growing number of Hoosiers who have legal needs as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

Primarily, the money will go toward hiring temporary staff to assist individuals and families in addressing housing issues, such as evictions, and family law matters including domestic violence cases.

“The pandemic has pushed hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers into poverty and many of those people are contacting ILS because they are being evicted or because they are facing domestic violence,” ILS executive director Jon Laramore said in a statement. “Through this grant, Lilly Endowment is enabling us to use additional tools to serve Hoosiers who are struggling to be safe or remain sheltered.”

In central Indiana, ILS is continuing to receive funding from the city of Indianapolis to support its work representing tenants. Also, the legal aid agency has received additional help from the city of Fort Wayne to represent tenants and from the Legal Services Corp. to assist with COVID-related legal issues statewide.

Lilly Endowment’s grant to ILS is one of many the Indianapolis-based philanthropy has made to help charitable organizations that are working to help people most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 13, 2020, the endowment has provided nearly $210 million in grants to support efforts in Indiana and around the country to address a variety of needs arising from the global public health emergency.

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