Legal Aid Society lands $500K federal grant

Organization to use funds for three-year initiative

The Legal Aid Society and 19 victim services providers have received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, society officials announced today.

The grant will fund a three-year initiative that will allow Legal Aid Society to help more than 1,320 low-income victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. These cases impact many areas of law and society, such as domestic relations, health, housing, federal taxation, public benefits, employment and education.

“This grant will allow us to give more free, comprehensive, high-quality legal representation to victims within our 48-county service area,” Gary Housepian, executive director of the Legal Aid Society, said in a release. “We are committed to helping victims gain independence from their abusers, and grateful for the generous opportunity that the Department of Justice has provided Legal Aid Society and our partners.”

Additional beneficiaries of the grant include the following: Avalon Center; Bridges Domestic Violence Center; Cannon County SAVE, CEASE, Inc.; Community Health of East Tennessee; Domestic Violence Program, Inc.; Families in Crisis, Inc.; Genesis House; Haven of Hope; HomeSafe of Sumner, Wilson, and Robertson Counties, Inc.; Hope House; Mary Parrish Center; Morning Star Sanctuary; Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Urban Ministries’ SafeHouse; Scott County Women’s Shelter; The Shelter, Inc.; Women Are Safe, Inc. and the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

The Legal Aid Society is funded in part by United Way and serves 48 Tennessee counties from offices in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge, and Tullahoma.