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Rural Coalition Building

In rural areas, where resources are scarce, cooperation and collaborative efforts are incrementally more important.  New York's 44 rural counties occupy a large and somewhat disconnected landscape. To form a connection, the Rural Law Center has established and nourished contacts with rural resource organizations statewide. We are active participants in numerous networks and coalitions working toward a comprehensive, low-income rural agenda. The Center is a strong supporter of the strengths of internet technology as a bridge across rural New York.

The Rural Law Center has designed and implemented a series of partnership-based initiatives in rural counties in order to create lasting, local community response systems.  More specifically, these include:

  • Judges' best Practices CLE/Pro Bono Project

  • Pro Bono Appeals Project

  • Law Reach: Rural Legislative/Constituent Collaboration

  • Permanency/Kinship: Grandparents Seeking Custody

  • Rural Transportation Advocacy/Wheels to Work Project

  • Domestic Violence CLE/Pro Bono Project

  • Rural Housing Inter-agency Community Response System

  • Preventive Legal Education for Teens/New Facts of Life Program

  • Rural Senior Legal Education Workshops 

  • Lay Advocate Trainings in Special Education/Rural Schools

  • Affordable Housing/Homeless Prevention Community Project 

  • Pro Bono support for Rural Micro-Enterprise

  • Legal Assistance for Non-Profit Organizations dedicated to sustainable economic self-sufficiency for rural low-income families

Each of these programs is designed to result in direct, one-on-one services to rural clients in counties across the state.  In each case, these services can strengthen independence and economic self-sufficiency, and improve the overall quality of life for individuals, families and communities.  


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