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Facilitating Better Referrals

An individual loses his job and is denied unemployment benefits. His car is repossessed and he has fallen behind on child support payments. Now he is facing eviction or mortgage foreclosure. Where does this person go for help? How does he find out about who can help him?

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Region 3 and the ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project will host representatives from 12 government agencies and legal service organizations to learn about each other’s functions and services, and how to coordinate more effective referrals. By government and legal service agencies sharing with each other 1) who they are; 2) what they do; 3) their priority issues/case; 4) their intake process; and 5) their contact information, we will be able to better help the individual described above.

The list of participants includes: National Labor Relations Board, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, United States Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Department of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights, ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Neighborhood Legal Services, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of WNY, Western New York Law Center and Empire Justice Center.

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