Citizen Rights Centers
YEDID's Citizen Rights Centers are the backbone of our organization. Individuals in distress walk into conveniently located storefront Centers seeking assistance with a full range of poverty-related issues.
Often people turn to us when they are in the midst of a crisis, such as when they have received a notice of impending mortgage foreclosure or when their electricity has been cut off. Most clients are in crisis related to overwhelming debt, threatened eviction, labor law, or social security rights.
YEDID staff performs a thorough intake to assess their needs, often identifying root problems that the client was not originally seeking to address. For example, a client may approach YEDID for assistance with National Insurance Institute benefits, and during the intake it may become apparent that she is routinely unable to pay her mortgage or that she is not able to afford necessary medication.
Ultimately, volunteers, professional staff and lawyers help these clients navigate through bureaucracies and advise them in obtaining the services they need.
Partnerships with Other Organizations
Rather than duplicating existing services, YEDID evaluates each community’s needs and determines where existing local governmental and non-profit agencies are available. Wherever possible, YEDID works in collaboration with municipalities and local non-profit agencies to maximize resources. When otherwise unavailable, YEDID provides community programming to address unmet needs. YEDID cooperates with over 50 organizations on local and national levels.
YEDID's Citizen Rights Centers
In this section you can find out more information about specific Citizen Rights Centers and their satellites.