Older woman hugging female cancer patient

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley/LSHV Breast Cancer Advocacy Project

For 2021-2022, JALBCA awarded a grant of $100,000 to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to fund the LSHV Breast Cancer Advocacy Project.

Through JALBCA’s funding award, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) created the Breast Cancer Advocacy Project, which consists of a dedicated attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income breast cancer patients and survivors managing their treatment and its after effects in Westchester County. While cancer patients and their families should be focusing on treatment and well-being, they are often simultaneously struggling with legal issues related to health insurance coverage, consumer debt, permanency planning, maintaining stable permanent housing and more. LSHV’s Breast Cancer Advocacy Project anticipates handling 100 cases this year. In collaborating with many community partners including White Plains Hospital Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club, and the Cancer Support Center, families impacted by breast cancer will gain peace of mind that their unique and often complex civil legal needs are being addressed so that they can focus on healing and enjoying life. Founded more than 50 years ago, LSHV serves the seven counties of the Hudson Valley (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan), maintaining a staff of 165 individuals working across ten offices throughout its service area. The Breast Cancer Advocacy Project is located out of LSHV’s White Plains Office.