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Essex County Legal Aid Association

Montclair, NJ   |  www.eclaanj.org

Mission

To assure that all low-income residents of Essex County seeking free emergency legal help with civil law matters get immediate assistance with those legal crises that challenge the health and wellbeing of our clients and their families. Ideally, any income-eligible resident who needs such advice could get it from ECLAA. The problem is huge, and the current funding resources are small. ECLAA helped 1,339 clients in 2016, of which 89% faced imminent evictions. Sadly, there were more than 40,000 Landlord-Tenant court matters in Essex County that same year -- so we were able to help only about 3% of tenants facing eviction. More funding means that more low-income Essex County residents who need help can get it.

Ruling year info

1941

Fundraising/Development Director

Robert M. Adler

Executive Director

Yvette Gibbons

Main address

41 Watchung Plaza #233

Montclair, NJ 07042 USA

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EIN

22-1487177

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

ECLAA's core operations

Making sure that low-income residents of Essex County who need free emergency legal advice with civil law crises get that help -- related to housing (largely landlord-tenant eviction matters), as well as consumer matters (including bankruptcy/debtor relief), family matters, and other miscellaneous civil law crises (employment, health, income maintenance, etc.).

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Essex County Legal Aid Association

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Rich

Attorney at Law (sole practitioner)

Term: 2017 - 2018

Robert Michael Rich

Attorney at Law (sole practitioner)

Steven Fleissig

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Michael D Thompson

Epstein Becker Green

James S Rothschild

Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

Ned M Rosenberg

Trenk DiPasquale

Claire G Keyles

Retired (from Pfizer)

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/23/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/23/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.