FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Plantation, Florida (February 2, 2022) – Legal Aid Service of Broward County announced today that it will implement a 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. The first in-person (by appointment only) event for the new initiative will be held at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex, 6700 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, Florida, on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Registration for this event is now full, but other events will follow.
The Community ID initiative provides Broward County residents with a reliable, locally recognized form of identification accepted by community partners such as law enforcement, county agencies, healthcare facilities, schools, cultural centers. and non-profit organizations. The ID will assist in helping participants 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, library cards, and access to shelter for their families during a hurricane, storm, or other emergency.
“Legal Aid is thrilled that the County has funded this project. It will provide long-needed assistance to many in Broward’s underserved population,” said Debra Koprowski, Esq., Deputy Executive Director of Legal Aid Service of Broward County. “This ID is vital for accessing essential services like healthcare, housing, emergency shelter, legal aid and financial services.”
Legal Aid Service of Broward County is encouraging homeless individuals, the elderly, formerly incarcerated individuals who are re-entering the general population, new immigrants, and refugees to apply. Legal Aid is also encouraging faith and city leaders, teachers, health and social service workers in Broward County to encourage those they serve to apply for the ID.
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 for the next available event, visit BrowardLegalAid.org/CommunityID.
About Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Legal Aid Service of Broward County is a not-for-profit law firm established in 1973. The mission is to provide high quality free civil legal advice, representation, and education to the poor of Broward County so as to improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the low-income community and to encourage self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit BrowardLegalAid.org or call 954-765-8950.
Legal Aid Service of Broward County is a 501(c)(3) corporation registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer services #SC-02337. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state or visiting www.freshfromflorida.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.
Aimee Adler Cooke