The cycle of poverty is persistent and is often passed from one generation to the next. Iowa Legal Aid helps break this cycle by providing free legal assistance to low-income families that ensures steady income, housing, and safety from domestic violence.

Iowa Legal Aid has been meeting the needs of low-income Mahaska County residents for 42 years. Our strategic initiatives help children, seniors, veterans, disaster victims, domestic violence survivors, and people with disabilities who have barriers to securing basic necessities.

Support from the United Way enables our attorneys to help low-income Mahaska County residents secure income, housing, and safety:

Individuals who receive a steady income through public benefits are able to meet their basic needs.

Families who avoid eviction or foreclosure avoid possible homelessness.

Survivors of domestic violence not only obtain court-ordered protection, but often receive the family home, a car, custody of the children, and child support.

Iowa Legal Aid works with many other human service providers in Mahaska County to help low-income residents achieve a resolution to the problems they face, including Family Management Credit Counseling, Neighborhood Finance Corporation, Mahaska Health Partnership, Crisis Intervention Services, county agencies, nursing and residential facilities, and others.

A typical client may come to Iowa Legal Aid in desperate need of a protective order. She files for protection on her own but needs representation at her hearing because the abuser is being represented by an attorney, and she is scared to appear alone. By one of our attorneys representing her in court, she can obtain not only a protection order, but custody of her children, child support, and possession of the family home and one of the family vehicles. Additionally, she receives help in applying for any public benefit programs to which she is entitled. This is a successful outcome that gives her the opportunity to gain autonomy from her abuser and start a new life for herself and her children.

Learn more about the impact Iowa Legal Aid makes at www.iowalegalaid.org.

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