Grant to fund housing attorney to help local residents in need

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Jul. 21—WILLIMANTIC — Connecticut Legal Services Staff Attorney Ashley Daley said 30 percent of Willimantic folks live in poverty and the median household income is $40,000.

As a result, she emphasized the importance of providing legal assistance to low- income individuals, who, she said, are very vulnerable in eviction proceedings.

In an effort to better serve community members, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut recently awarded a $200,000 grant to Connecticut Legal Services Inc. to hire a housing attorney to serve the Thread City.

Daley began the position in June at the Willimantic office, which is at 1125 Main St.

" We know that stable housing affects employment, education, food, health, safety and many other factors," Daley said during a press conference at the

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