Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee Inc

Doing what's legally possible to create a just world.

ISLANDIA, NY   |  https://www.nslawservices.org/

Mission

For over 50 years, Nassau Suffolk Law Services has provided free legal representation and advocacy to low income and disabled residents of Long Island in non-criminal matters. Our cases involve Social Security, Public benefits for seniors, low income families, veterans, and disabled individuals. We preserve housing by defending foreclosures, evictions, and the rights of homeless families. We provide specialized legal assistance to people living with cancer, mental illness, HIV/Aids, those formerly incarcerated and survivors of domestic violence. SLS also supports the work of community agencies by providing them with the education they need to do their advocacy work effectively.

Ruling year info

1967

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JEFFREY SEIGEL

Main address

1757 VETERANS HWY STE 50

ISLANDIA, NY 11749 USA

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EIN

11-2125411

NTEE code info

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Most of our cases involve threats to the basic necessities of human life. Our staff works to prevent homelessness, obtain medical care for people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other illnesses, address discrimination against and obtain services for disabled persons, help senior citizens and disabled individuals retain home health care and avoid nursing home placement, and halt domestic violence.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Programs

NSLS’s individually tailored programs deal
with the legal problems of persons with
specialized needs and vulnerabilities to insure
that they have access to legal services.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Number of People Benefited by Legal Services Other Than Direct Legal Representation

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Holding steady

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The Legal Support Center, along with other Units in the program, conducted a total of 17 trainings.

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

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During 2017-2018, the following volunteers provided services in our program: 281 Volunteer Attorneys

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Programs

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Holding steady

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The Legal Support Center, along with other Units in the program, conducted a total of 17 trainings reaching over 600 advocate and client participants.Training collaborations with other agencies such

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through our various programs, trainings, partnerships and contacts with hundreds of Long Island social, religious and governmental organizations, we aim to provide legal assistance and representation to thousands of Long Islanders, and inform them of their rights under the law.

In order to accomplish our goals, we work with elected officials to obtain essential services for their constituents; we work with health care workers to obtain medical care for clients. We join with mental and physical disability advocates to ensure that their clients' issues are resolved thus helping them obtain employment and lead productive lives and carrying out community trainings. We also continue to improve our technology capabilities to facilitate communications and enhance resources for staff. We’ve expanded our reach in the community by providing civil legal services to veterans and ex-offenders reentering into their communities, and maintaining our extensive pro bono efforts in conjunction with the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations and the local court administrations.

Our capabilities—the collective skills, abilities, and expertise of our staff—are the result of investments in staffing, training, and communication. Many of our staff members are outstanding experts in their field and have been recognized at a state and national level for the quality and critical importance of their work. Our ED and staff members actively participate in Coalitions and Committees designed to help low and moderate-income New Yorkers access effective assistance when faced with legal challenges involving the essentials of life (housing, family matters, access to healthcare, education, and subsistence income). For more than 50 years, we’ve successfully collaborated with domestic violence agencies, elected officials, Bar Associations, and social and religious groups to help bridge the justice gap in Long Island.

Overview of Achievements, 2017-2018
Nearly 6,200 cases for more than 13,800 individuals were handled to completion for the period from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.
While assisting individual clients is the foundation of our work, these cases also benefited the entire community because, as a result of our efforts, we save the counties and state money through our SSI, public benefits, family law and housing work. Nearly 2.75 million dollars in federal Social Security benefits, public assistance and Medicaid were obtained by our staff on behalf of low-income and disabled individuals on Long Island. Nearly 4 million dollars were saved by New York State taxpayers through the avoidance of emergency shelter costs and by moving clients off welfare onto federal social security. Through our collaborations with two local bar associations and courts, we've produced nearly 1,000 cases providing access to the legal system to more than 3,000 adults and children.

Financials

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Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/20/2020
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Board chair

Douglas Good