Legal Aid Service of Broward County Successfully Launches New Community ID Initiative to Bridge Gap for Broward’s At-Risk Populations
Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) is pleased to announce that it held its first Community ID event on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex. Earlier in the month, Legal Aid Service of Broward County announced the new Community ID Project, funded and authorized by Broward County, that will serve thousands of Broward County residents who lack a proper form of identification and cannot receive access to vital resources.
During the Miramar event, LAS staff and volunteer attorneys were able to issue 89 Community IDs to at-risk individuals. There are currently 1200 individuals on the waiting list to receive the new form of community identification. To learn more about the Community ID Project, future events or to apply for an appointment, the public can visit https://bit.ly/BrowardCommunityID.
“There were two factors recognized when Broward County approved the use and distribution of these Community ID’s,” said Debra Koprowski, Esq., Deputy Executive Director of Legal Aid Service of Broward County. “One, there were many people in the community struggling to overcome the bureaucratic challenges of getting a state-issued identification card or other government-issued identification and two, it recognized the vulnerable groups who needed access included those such as the elderly, homeless, transgender, and formerly incarcerated persons.”
To reinforce a community-wide effort to accept these cards as valid identification, County Commissioners were looking to receive support from law enforcement, government programs, health centers, schools, non-profits, businesses, cultural arts organizations, civic groups, and community institutions.
The ID will assist participants to do such things as pick up their children from school and de-escalate encounters with law enforcement. Additionally, ID participants will be able to obtain services such as the COVID-19 vaccine and other health care, library cards, access to legal aid, financial services, and access to shelter for their families during a hurricane, storm, or other emergency.
“With the waitlist at 1,200 people, the need for this community initiative is clear,” continued Koprowski. “Legal Aid joins the County in seeking the support of the community.”
At each event, eligible residents will be required to submit proper documentation and will receive training describing the proper parameters of use. The cost for the Community ID is $20 (cash). To learn more about the Community ID Project or to apply for an appointment, visit bit.ly/BrowardCommunityID.