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The recent release of United Way of New York State’s 2020 ALICE report revealed that 41% or nearly 100,000 households of our Rockland County neighbors either live in poverty or have a household income below the level needed to afford basic necessities. Many of our friends, family members and colleagues are part of the 41% and are one emergency away from bankruptcy, eviction, homelessness or food insecurity.
For Rockland seniors on a fixed income, single parents, and families who were struggling prior to Covid-19, the pandemic and current economic downturn is more than an emergency, it is a disaster with enduring impact that will be experienced adversely for years.
With pandemic related job loss stemming from business closures, layoffs, and the inability to obtain childcare when schools reopened, many more individuals and families beyond the known calculation of 41% face dire outcomes as their household incomes are cut in half. The expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits at the end of July further puts these 99,502 households at risk of foreclosure, eviction, and food insecurity when Federal protections expire on January 1st.
Since the shutdown in March, the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County has been here for all Rocklanders who have called upon our staff for urgently needed assistance to access public benefits, obtain pandemic unemployment insurance, secure access to computers and educational technology for their children, and prevent homelessness for their families.
Help us continue the fight for the 41% during Covid-19 and beyond by supporting our cause!
Together we can keep children and families out of homeless shelters, ensure parents and seniors the capacity to put food on the table and pay for basic necessities, and assure that Rockland’s children have their voices heard in Family Court.
Make a donation online by clicking here, by texting GIVE or DONATE to (845) 203-6140 or mailing a check to the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County, 2 Congers Road, Suite 1, New City, NY 10956.
On behalf of our clients, staff, and board of directors, the Legal Aid Society of Rockland County thanks you for continuing to support the work that we do during this time of uncertainty.
Stephen L. Crowley