LAET Grant Serves More, Yields More than Anticipated

A one-year grant that was expected to provide $250,000 in local benefits instead has resulted in more than six times that amount in half the time, Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) reports. Last fall, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga awarded LAET $20,000 to help low-income women and children escape abusive situations, rebuild their lives and achieve financial stability and security. The “Women in Crisis” program was expected to serve 50 women and their families over a 12-month period. In the first six months, however, LAET staff has served 28 victims and their families, and have identified $1.6 million in public benefits they qualified for but were not receiving.

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