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Legal Assistance for Seniors, Inc.

AKA  LAS
Oakland, CA
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Basic Organization Information

Legal Assistance for Seniors, Inc.
Also Known As: LAS
Physical Address: Oakland, CA 94612 
EIN: 94-2941697
Web URL: www.lashicap.org 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P80 Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations
P Human Services
P81 Senior Centers/Services
I Crime, Legal Related
I80 Legal Services
Ruling Year: 1987 


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Mission Statement

For more than 35 years, Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) has provided free legal services to Alameda County seniors to ensure their independence and dignity by protecting their legal rights through education, counseling and advocacy.  LAS attorneys and advocates serve an average of 1,500 clients annually, representing them in the areas of:  physical and financial abuse, citizenship issues, ways to avoid consumer fraud, guardianship of minors, and advocacy for those falling through the cracks in the healthcare system.  Last year, LAS made education presentations to 8,000 seniors, caregivers and service providers on important issues affecting older adults.  LAS is the parent agency for the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), a volunteer-based program that helps seniors and their families navigate the health insurance maze.  Finally, LAS hosts California’s largest annual conference on addressing and preventing elder abuse.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, July 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $1,362,759
Total Expenses $1,390,497

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Ms. Francel D'Andrea

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Francel D’Andrea became the Executive Director of LAS in January 2009. She has a strong leadership background and many years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining LAS, Francel was the Executive Director of the Oakland Elizabeth House for 5 years. Elizabeth House is a transitional residence for homeless women and children. She was also the Director of a Transitional Housing Program at the Catherine McAuley Center in Scranton, PA. In her work with nonprofit organizations, Francel has worked with the senior community as a senior advocate for the county of Luzerne and worked with the Sisters of Mercy in the development and licensing of the Mercy Center Retirement Community. She held a leadership position with the Sisters of Mercy for eight years. Francel is also a teacher and taught for many years in elementary schools throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Francel holds a bachelors degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministry.

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Program Description:

Amid Alameda County's broad economic and cultural diversity, LAS assists seniors who are in the greatest need: well over half of our clients are living at or below the federal poverty level; 45% have functional disabilities; 44% are over age 75; 40% live alone. In addition, 70% of our clients are women and 61% are from non-Caucasian backgrounds. LAS protects their independence through the following legal work: 1) solving housing problems,including eviction defense and education for low-income homeowners; 2) maintaining survival income, including Social Security benefits; 3) assuring access to health care, including Medicare, MediCal, and private health coverage; 4) preventing physical and financial elder abuse through legal action and education, including an annual statewide elder abuse conference; 5) preparing for incapacity using legal documents to plan health care and financial decisions; 6) assisting elderly immigrants and refugees to obtain survival resources; 7) assisting grandparents to make legal arrangements necessary to provide safety and stability for young children in their care. We also offer unbiased consumer counseling for Medicare beneficiaries in the process of selecting health coverage, understanding paperwork, filing claims and appealing denials. Our services are culturally competent and linguistically appropriate, with translation or direct assistance available in Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, and other languages.

Program Long-Term Success:

Assisted 1400+ individual seniors to solve legal problems affecting their independence, dignity and survival.

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