On June 29, 2021, the Armenian Association was awarded $75,000 to help fund its pro bono efforts and, in particular, to address the legal implications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Glendale’s Community Development Block Grant Committee (CDBGC) recommended that allowance to the Glendale City Council, which the City Council approved, after members of the Armenian Bar’s pro bono committee submitted a comprehensive written application to and made oral presentations before the CDBG.
The current pandemic-related legal crisis has resulted in a myriad of serious consequences, including the loss of homes, jobs, safety and freedom. The Armenian Bar Association is well-versed in providing bro bono legal services to worldwide Armenian communities and has a long-standing relationship with the City of Glendale and its residents. One example includes the establishment of virtual and physical office spaces in Glendale where members of the public inquire about general legal issues, personal situations, and unique predicaments. The areas of assistance span the spectrum of legal disciplines, from immigration to family law, landlord/tenant to government benefits, employment to personal injury, housing to elder rights, and beyond.
In light of the pandemic, it has become readily apparent that there is a spike in certain legal dilemmas which we are poised to tackle, including:
• Housing Rights (i.e., navigate solutions to the expiration of the rent moratorium);• Employment Law (i.e., develop policies for employers; rights of employees);• Domestic Violence (i.e., work with the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Glendale Police Department to provide resources to respond to the increase in domestic violence);• Criminal Law (i.e., help with expungements to assist with government benefits and employment);• Tax Law: (i.e. address PPP loan-related tax implication and potential repayment scenarios). The release of grant funds to the Armenian Bar Association is one of many steps the City of Glendale has taken in recent months to support the community in response to the public health and economic crisis. The Armenian Bar will direct the funds to provide educational platforms and one-on-one counseling.
To become involved as a volunteer, contact the Armenian Bar Association at info@ArmenianBar.org

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