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About NLRC

The overall purpose of the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) is to provide the aging and legal networks with easy access to a coordinated national legal assistance support system in order to strengthen legal assistance/elder rights efforts across the country. The NLRC has (2) primary ongoing objectives:

Objective 1: The NLRC supports the leadership, knowledge, and systems capacity of states, legal services providers, area agencies on aging, ADRCs, and other organizations serving older persons in order to enhance the quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of legal assistance, and elder rights programs provided to older persons.

Objective 2: The NLRC supports demonstration projects and state wide initiatives designed to expand or improve the delivery of legal assistance and elder rights protections to older persons with social or economic needs.

Through pursuit of these objectives, the NLRC helps promote the creation of a nation-wide system of effective legal assistance and elder rights advocacy services that protect and enhance essential rights and benefits of older adults facing challenges to their independence and financial security, particularly older persons who are least able to advocate on their own behalf.

NLRC Targeted Audience

The audience targeted to receive support services through the NLRC includes a broad range of legal and elder rights advocates who play important roles in helping to achieve the NLRC’s goal. These include: State Unit on Aging Directors, State Legal Services Developers, State LTC Ombudsman, Area Agency on Aging staff, Aging & Disability Resource Center staff, Title IIIB legal providers, Legal Services Corporation providers, senior legal hotlines, and other professionals involved in protecting the rights of older persons.

NLRC Services Available

NLRC partners can provide support and assistance on both substantive legal issues and service delivery systems issues. This includes intensive case consultation and training on complex and emerging legal issues, and access to a wide range of information resources. Types of legal issues include, for example, saving elders from the tragic loss of their homes through foreclosure, protecting against consumer scams that destroy nest eggs, problems in long-term care facilities, and difficulties in accessing public benefits essential to remaining financially secure, independent, and healthy. With respect to legal assistance/elder rights delivery systems, NLRC partners can provide technical assistance and resource materials on the efficient, cost-effective and targeted provision of state-wide legal and elder rights advocacy services.

Learn more about the NLRC Partners here.