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Matthew Barnes

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Matthew Barnes

Matthew Barnes

Name of Host Organization: Pro Seniors
City, State: Cincinnati, Ohio
Issue area: Public Benefits/Welfare Reform
Sponsors: Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation

The Project

Matthew provided community education and legal assistance to seniors to maximize their independence and quality of life by identifying, obtaining, and maintaining public benefits for which they qualify.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Ohio seniors are facing severe financial constraints in a tough economy. In order to stay independent, seniors are being forced to make hard financial decisions that negatively impact their health and well-being. Many seniors are not aware of all the public benefits available to them or do not know how to obtain these benefits.