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Protect seniors like Larry Martin from homelessness
Larry Martin has lived in his rent-controlled Castro apartment for 38 years. While recovering at home from cancer treatment and heart surgery, Larry fell asleep with a running sink that overflowed and required the landlord to clean up. His landlord immediately sued to evict him. If successful, the landlord could increase rent by over 500% and Larry would be homeless. Larry called LAE for help. Supervising Attorney Anthony Burchell successfully litigated the case. He also was able to get Larry help to clean for his apartment during recovery. This gave Larry the time he needed to get healthy while maintaining his independence and dignity. LAE's advocacy prevented a health crisis from becoming homelessness, as it has for many of San Francisco's seniors.
"If it weren't for LAE's help, I'd be out on the street with just my coat to protect me from the elements. LAE was a lifesaver!"
For over 40 years, Legal Assistance to the Elderly (LAE) has defended San Francisco’s most vulnerable elders. Our seniors are living on the edge, facing a crisis of affordability and homelessness. Evictions of seniors have soared. Today 25% of those on homeless shelter waitlists are seniors, and tragically the oldest is 88 years old.
In 2019, LAE helped 1600 seniors and adults with disabilities hold on to their homes, fight off debt collectors, keep their public benefits, or escape physical and financial abuse. That is 300 more people served than last year. The current crisis requires us to fund 30% of our operating budget directly from donors like you.
Support LAE and help us keep San Francisco seniors safe, secure in their homes, and accessing benefits. Together we can preserve the rights and defend the dignity San Franciscan elders have earned. Please give generously.
Thank you so much for your support,
Laura Chiera, Executive Director