In our ongoing effort to maximize our effectiveness in serving the legal needs of the low-income community in our region, we are conducting a community needs assessment survey.

This survey will only take a few minutes. This survey will no longer be active after January 31, 2021.
 
Please respond by January 31, 2021.

Your input and comments will assist us in this effort and will make a difference. 

Thank you VERY much for your help.

Joseph R. Carico
Executive Director
Southwest Virginia Legal Aid
jcarico@svlas.org
(276) 783-8300, ext. 2212


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* 1. Prior to receiving this survey, were you familiar with the services provided by Southwest Virginia Legal Aid?

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* 2. Please tell us what you think are the most important legal problems facing low-­income people in your community. Because we are not able to work on every problem equally, please tell us which problems you think are more important than others:

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Housing issues (ex:  public housing, evictions, landlord-tenant disputes, etc.)
Family law (ex:  custody, child and spousal support, divorce, etc.)
Domestic/intimate partner violence
Adoptions and Foster Care issues
Consumer problems (ex: bankruptcy, debt collection, garnishments, sales or rental contracts, car purchases, etc.)
Government benefits (ex: unemployment, disability, etc.)
Substance use disorder-related issues (ex:  drivers licenses, barriers to employment, restoration of rights, expungements, etc.)
Advance directives (ex: wills, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, etc.)
Employment issues (ex: discrimination, grievance, access, safety, etc.)
Public benefits (ex: TANF, Food Stamps, unemployment compensation, disability, Veterans benefits, etc.)
Elder law issues involving fraud, abuse, exploitation, guardianships/conservators, estate planning

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* 3. For each problem you identified as important or very important in question 2, please describe what is going on in your community with that problem, and describe any suggestions you have for how Southwest Virginia Legal Aid might respond to it. The comment box below will expand if you have more to say.

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* 4. For each legal problem you identified as important or very important, do you believe those legal needs are currently being met?

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* 5. Is there any other area of law or need that has not been mentioned in this survey, but that you would like to see addressed by advocates at Legal Aid?

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* 6. Please give us any comments about Southwest Virginia Legal Aid:

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* 7. I am a (you may check more than one):

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* 8. What is Legal Aid doing well?  And/or what is Legal Aid doing well for the people you serve?

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* 9. What do you think of the quality of the work performed by Southwest Virginia Legal Aid?

To contact Southwest VA Legal Aid for legal help, you may call this toll-free number: 1-888-201-2772, visit us online at https://www.swvalegalaid.org or on Facebook @Southwest.Virginia.Legal.Aid 

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