Homeless and Education Law Program (H.E.L.P.)
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, or LFUCG, granted funding to Children’s Law Center, Inc. for the Homeless and Education Law Program (H.E.L.P.). The program is funded for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and is designed to provide legal counsel for youth experiencing poverty and homelessness to fill an existing gap for services in the area.
As the legal advocates, Children’s Law Center attorneys will provide direct legal services while ensuring that the child and family of the child are linked to other services and organizations.
Through the program, Children’s Law Center will work to advocate for youth in pursuing four major outcomes: economic opportunity, stable and supportive living situations, safety and well-being, and self-advocacy. Specific outcomes include school or college enrollment, employment, job training or assistance programs, graduation, GED, improved educational supports, grade promotion, and improvement in school attendance.
For each client receiving services, the Children’s Law Center will help them identify their goals, create a case plan for achieving those goals, and provide services or referrals to other agencies/organizations to assist in obtaining identified goals and outcomes.
In accordance with the H.E.L.P. grant, Children’s Law Center will partner with Arbor Youth Services in Lexington to hold monthly “H.E.L.P. Clinics” for their residents. The clinics will offer an overview of children’s legal rights regarding education, housing, and dating violence, followed by an opportunity for residents to receive one-on-one consultation with our legal advocates. The first clinic is scheduled for November 21st (these are NOT open to the public, just available to residents at Arbor Youth Services).