SENIOR LAW PROGRAM
Each day, physical and emotional abuse and financial exploitation threaten the wellbeing, mental health and economic security of our senior population! This year alone, an estimated 14.1 percent of all non-institutionalized older adults have experiences of physical, psychological, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Yet, for every case reported, another 23 cases of abuse go unnoticed.
In order to have the rights of our senior citizens prevail, we have created the Senior Law Program which advocates for the rights of elders and the disabled to ensure SSI and other public benefits, defend against illegal evictions, protect against consumer fraud, assist with testamentary instruments and support those who are victims of abuse as well as provide education and outreach in these areas. Where our clients are homebound or hospitalized we will provide legal assistance at the location of our clients. We provide a quarterly “Senior Rights Bulletin” in the languages of English, Spanish and Chinese in collaboration with Asian Law Caucus (ALC), Asian Pacific Island Legal Outreach (APILO) and Legal Services for the Elderly (LES). In addition, the program also provides monthly presentations at various senior centers. The presentations aim to educate seniors in various legal issues as well as provide useful tools in protecting their rights. The presentations include question and answer sessions on our legal topics. These presentations reach a diverse group of seniors including Hispanics, Chinese, and Afro-Americans. In addition, the Senior Law Program participates in a broad network of agencies to provide coordinated services for seniors. Our program participates with the Latino Partnership with monthly meetings. We share points of view and talk about common issues concerning the elder community. Also, we collaborate to provide the Senior Rights Bulletin by providing pertinent articles for seniors in English, Spanish and Cantonese. In the past ten years we have provided senior law legal services to over 3000 low-income senior residents of San Francisco.