2018 has been a big year at Legal Assistance to the Elderly

2018 has been a big year at Legal Assistance to the Elderly

LAE provided critical frontline legal services to 1300 clients in 2018.

Here at Legal Assistance to the Elderly, we’ve been busy making the most of 2018. We launched our healthcare law program, which fights for our clients access to health insurance and healthcare services in May. We… We… And we served over 1300 San Francisco residents this year!


We’re happy to share one of our many success stories with you.

LAE Client Dario Davila

When Mr. Davila was referred to LAE he was facing eviction and homelessness at 81-years old. Even though he’d been living in his Noe Valley apartment for over 40 years, he was spending over 90% of his income towards rent. Earlier in 2018, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and given a 6-month prognosis. To make matters worse his live-in caretaker was stealing his money. Due to this financial abuse, health issues and failing memory, Mr. Davila fell behind in rent and was sued for eviction by his landlord. LAE Staff Attorney Hannah Kim went to work. She was able to work with Adult Protective Services to remove the caregiver from having control of Mr. Davila’s finances. In addition to top-notch litigation, Ms. Kim secured a coveted rental subsidy from *** to help stretch Mr. Davila’s fixed income as well as money management services for him.  The case settled, and Mr. Davila is now safe and secure in his home. But this story has an even happier ending: Mr. Davila is no longer in hospice and his health is recovering remarkably!



  1. Michael Novotny

    Says October 07, 2017 at 4:40 am

    The students Mary serves have been truly grateful for her help and the generous support of the community. “They thank me all the time, and tell me that without this food, they wouldn’t eat,” Mary said. “And the thing is, if I weren’t running this pantry, I would never have known so many were facing hunger.

    • Chris Ames

      Says October 07, 2017 at 4:42 am

      With the support of her principal, community and student volunteers, Mary began stocking her shelves, and opened the pantry to any student who wanted to come. “Every day, there are more than 30 kids who come to get food,” Mary said. “We make it easy for them – we don’t make them fill out forms, we don’t ask questions. In this way, it preserves their dignity.”

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