Free Legal Assistance for Community-Based Non-Profit Groups regarding corporate, tax, real estate, zoning, construction and employment issues, Information Clearinghouse regarding governmental programs, grant sources and providers of technical assistance for non-profit groups that want to pursue community economic development ventures.
The Community Counsel Center of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (a non-profit civil legal services agency), provides free legal and technical assistance.
The Center’s mission is to revitalize blighted neighborhoods by assisting community-based organizations and other not-for-profit corporations that are working to improve their neighborhoods. For example, some groups have become non-profit developers to provide decent, affordable housing on vacant lots not suitable for private market development. All groups seek to increase private and government funding and services to low and moderate income areas of Northeast Florida.
The applicant group must lack the financial resources to retain a private attorney in order to qualify for the free services of the Community Counsel Center.
One staff attorney and volunteer attorneys are available to assist eligible groups. The Community Counsel Center gives priority to community-based organizations that:
- Have low-income Board members; and
- Have development projects in a low-income neighborhood or that benefit low and moderate income residents.
Other groups and projects will be considered if resources are available.
For further information, contact attorney Carol Miller at (904) 356-8371, Ext. 332.