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Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

To advocate for the legal rights of disadvantaged people to have safe, healthy and independent lives in their communities.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 6/13/2013
430 1st Avenue North Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780
Phone: 612-332-1441
Fax: 612-334-5755
EIN 41-1412710
Principal Staff Cathy Haukedhal,
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 118
Number of Volunteers 85
Number of Clients Served 10,115
General Information
Board Chair James Rubenstein
Number of Board Members 22
Board meetings with quorum 4
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 18.75
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Board
Accomplishments
MMLA provides access to justice to low-income Minnesotans and seniors in its 20 county service area and to people with disabilities statewide. MMLA helps low-income families and individuals to solve problems which enable them to live safely and meet their basic needs, and as one client put it, “get on with the rest of life”. This is done through individual advocacy, community education, access to on-line resources through LawHelpMN, and policy advocacy. In 2012, MMLA provided legal assistance to 10,115 families and individuals. MMLA helped more than 3,200 families and individuals with housing issues, helped 1,820 people meet their basic needs for income, health care and food, assisted more than 1,000 families to remain safe, and helped almost 1,000 people with disabilities and seniors to maintain their independence. MMLA uses resources strategically to meet client needs. Examples include partnering with the Stearns County Attorney’s office to meet the needs of victims of severe domestic violence, leveraging resources through partnerships with pro bono attorneys like those whose help us serve clients daily at the Housing Court in Hennepin County, utilizing an on-line intake system to ensure access regardless of work schedule or geographic location, and sending staff to targeted outreach locations to reach isolated or vulnerable populations. In addition to this direct assistance there were more than 260,000 unique visits to LawHelpMN.
Current Goals
MMLA has three primary goals for the current year: 1. Ensure the effective marshaling of scarce program resources to increase the number of clients served as well as the depth of assistance provided; 2. Continue to leverage technology to more efficiently serve people; and 3. Deepen the impact on the lives of people served by exploring opportunities to provide holistic legal representation to address multiple legal issues holding individual families back from achieving safety and self-sufficiency. After two years of declining resources, MMLA’s budget has stabilized and is beginning to grow - as a result, MMLA has been able to fill vacant positions and may be able to add staff. This will enable us to serve more families and individuals to help them meet their basic needs. Technology has enabled MMLA to more efficiently serve people and to expand our reach with on-line resources found at LawHelpMN. MMLA has also implemented an on-line intake process that makes us more available to clients with disabilities, people who are working and have difficulty reaching us during business hours, and people who live in more isolated settings. MMLA will continue to promote and grow this resource. MMLA also plans to use technology to expand the availability of pro bono assistance through the use of an on-line advice tool. MMLA continues to work on development of additional self-help resources, including creation of legal documents on LawHelpMN . Finally, MMLA plans to expand our reach through the development additional pro-bono partnerships and community partnerships.
Community or Constituency Served
Low income people and people with disabilities needing civil legal assistance
Geographic Area Served
20 Counties in central Minnesota from the WI to SD boarders, including Hennepin, Stearns, and Kandiyohi and statewide for people with disabilities.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $10,144,441 86.5%
Management: $1,172,055 10%
Fundraising: $411,175 3.5%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2012 2011 2010
End of Year: $4,877,126 $4,825,884 $4,171,187
Beginning of Year $4,825,884 $4,171,187 $4,577,057
Difference $51,242 $654,697 ($405,870)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $4,877,126
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012
Financials
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