New Hampshire Legal Assistance

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NHLA receives Pearl Manor grant funding to continue work for seniors in Manchester

Posted Dec 29, 2017

New Hampshire Legal Assistance has received a Pearl Manor Fund grant, via the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation, for $15,000 to support civil legal aid for socially and economically needy seniors in the Greater Manchester area.


Civil legal aid from NHLA’s Senior Law Project (SLP) helps seniors when they face illegal and abusive debt collection, financial exploitation, barriers to health care, housing, public assistance benefits and long-term care facilities. Often, civil legal aid is the only remedy when someone’s home, safety or income is threatened.


“SLP Director Cheryl Steinberg and our other advocates routinely represent or advise elderly clients who face eviction from their apartments or foreclosure on their homes because of medical or other debt, or nursing home residents who are being illegally discharged from the facilities they consider home,” said Lynne Parker, NHLA Executive Director.


In addition to direct representation, the SLP advocates for policies and laws that benefit large groups of older adults. For example, in 2016, the SLP served as lead agency for the New Hampshire Alliance for Healthy Aging and helped obtain a rate increase for home and community based service providers for older and disabled adults. In the upcoming legislative session, SLP representatives will be advocating to strengthen and enhance our elder financial exploitation statute.  


“Support from the Pearl Manor Fund will enable us to maintain our vibrant presence as the one of the strongest voices in New Hampshire for vulnerable seniors,” Parker said.


“Through direct representation of individuals, and advocacy to improve the systems that affect people in need, NHLA benefits our entire community. The tangible results of legal aid will help seniors in and around Manchester remain independent and self-sufficient, obtain or preserve affordable housing, and access the health care services they need,” said Nicholas Zaharias, Vice President, Development, Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation and Elliot Health System.


Founded in 1971, New Hampshire Legal Assistance has been advocating for low-income and elderly people for more than four decades. NHLA created the Senior Law Project (SLP) in 1975, and has been the primary voice for the elderly in New Hampshire’s legal and legislative arenas. Each year, NHLA serves approximately 6,500 people who need legal help to protect their basic human needs, including shelter and safety from abuse. NHLA maintains offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth.


The Pearl Manor Fund was established in 2005 by the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation to provide assistance, comfort, care and treatment for the elderly population of Manchester and surrounding communities including, but not limited to, medical needs, safe housing needs, nutritional needs, independent living assistance and transportation assistance.