Anne Arundel County has awarded a $50,000 grant to Maryland Legal Aid to help provide civil legal services to indigent individuals in the county.
In 2018, Maryland Legal Aid served more than 120,000 people statewide. Of those, nearly 20,000 were helped by Maryland Legal Aid’s Anne Arundel County office in Annapolis, according to a news release from the nonprofit.
Anita Bailey, chief attorney for the Anne Arundel County office, said in the release that the county’s financial support of the organization will play a “significant role in making possible the critical and life-changing services provided to clients.”
“We will continue to provide the highest level of legal services to vulnerable residents and communities in Anne Arundel County and look forward to expanding our local partnerships,” Bailey said.
Maryland Legal Aid’s Annapolis office partners with local nonprofit organizations, including Chrysalis House – a women’s substance abuse recovery program in Crownsville – to provide on-site civil legal assistance and expungement of criminal records. During the holiday season, Maryland Legal Aid also works with the Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center in Annapolis to distribute new coats from Macy’s to needy children and adults and to provide on-site legal services.
Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., executive director of Maryland Legal Aid, said in the release that he was grateful to Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Anne Arundel County government “for recognizing the importance of civil legal aid and the impact that MLA’s work has on low-income residents.”