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Brooklyn Legal Services (BLS)

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

BLS is a legal aid society based in New York, NY that was founded in 1967. As of 2018 they had $22 million in revenue and $7.4 million in assets.

Brooklyn Legal Services provides high-quality, innovative representation to protect the rights of low-income people, including veterans, immigrants, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people throughout Brooklyn.

Previous legal names or variations of their name include: South Brooklyn Legal Services.

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Program areas at BLS

HOUSING ASSISTANCE-- We defend clients in nonpayment and other eviction proceedings, as well as in mortgage foreclosure proceedings. We also help them pursue rent overcharge claims and actions to improve housing conditions: all of which keep them from becoming homeless.

INCOME MAINTENANCE- We help people access and retain government benefits. Through our secure income and benefits work, we:Assist clients when government benefits are being wrongfully denied, inaccurately calculated, or improperly terminated; and we represent families and individuals for whom Unemployment Insurance, Food Stamps, Medicaid/Medicare and other public assistance and Safety Net programs are a critical lifeline.

We assist people with other civil legal services needs including accessing necessary education services, reducing consumer debt, addressing wrongful termination and employment discrimination and address health care needs. In addition we conduct outreach and provide training for community-based groups and social service providers on a wide range of issues affecting low-income Brooklyn communities.

Form 990s for BLS

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Jun 9, 2020990View PDF
2017-12Feb 21, 2019990View PDF
2016-12Jan 18, 2018990View PDF
2015-12Jan 18, 2017990View PDF
2014-12Jan 27, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for BLS

Total grants, contributions, etc.$5,916,535
Program services$16,684,939
Investment income and dividends$0
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$-17,842
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$22,583,632

Vendors for BLS

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Microsoft ServicesSoftware2019-08-29

Personnel at BLS

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Wayne A. FrancisChief Operating Officer-June 12, 2020
John J. LeverChief Financial Officer-June 12, 2020
███████ █████████Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer-June 12, 2020
█████ █ ███████Director , Government Benefits Unit$121,359Dec. 11, 2017
█████ ██████████Acting Bronx Project Director-June 12, 2020
████████ ███████Queens Project Director-June 12, 2020
█████ ██ █████████Acting Project Director-June 12, 2020
█████ ████Project Director-June 12, 2020
██████ █████████Director of Litigation-July 27, 2018
███ ████████ ██████Managing Attorney-June 12, 2020
...and 12 more key personnel

Peer legal aid services

1Legal Aid Society of Nassau County501(c)(3)$7.8 millionHempstead, NY
2Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS)501(c)(3)$42 millionBrooklyn, NY
3Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York501(c)(3)$6.7 millionUtica, NY
4Legal Services of Central New York501(c)(3)$7.2 millionSyracuse, NY
5Frank H Hiscock Legal Aid Society501(c)(3)$5.8 millionSyracuse, NY
6Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County501(c)(3)$22 millionCentral Islip, NY
7Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo (LABB)501(c)(3)$9.6 millionBuffalo, NY
8Empire Justice Center501(c)(3)$6.9 millionRochester, NY
9The City Bar Fund501(c)(3)$6.3 millionNew York, NY
10Nassau-Suffolk Law Services501(c)(3)$8.9 millionHempstead, NY
11Legal Services for New York City (LSNYC)501(c)(3)$13 millionNew York, NY
12Neighborhood Defender Service501(c)(3)$10 millionNew York, NY
13The Legal Aid Society of Rochester New York (LASROC)501(c)(3)$6.2 millionRochester, NY
14Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)501(c)(3)$14 millionNew York, NY
15Urban Justice Center501(c)(3)$37 millionNew York, NY
16The Children's Law Center501(c)(3)$10 millionBrooklyn, NY
17Mobilization for Justice (MFY)501(c)(3)$14 millionNew York, NY
18Legal Assistance of Western New York (LAWNY)501(c)(3)$11 millionGeneva, NY
19New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)501(c)(3)$29 millionNew York, NY
20Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV)501(c)(3)$16 millionWhite Plains, NY
21The Bronx Defenders501(c)(3)$37 millionBronx, NY
22The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New YorkInc501(c)(3)$11 millionAlbany, NY
23Legal Aid of East Tennessee501(c)(3)$5.7 millionChattanooga, TN
24Centro Legal De La Raza501(c)(3)$7.7 millionOakland, CA
25Formerly Clark County Legal Service (LACSN)501(c)(3)$23 millionLas Vegas, NV