Eric Rosenblad, KLS regional services legal director, will manage the project.
April 1 is the target date to open the office which will be in the Judicial Center
, 300 E. Main St., Independence.KLS
is a statewide, non-profit organization providing civil legal assistance, mediation and employment training to low income persons.It was established in 1977 to make legal help more widely available to the poor, according to Rosenblad
Since the 1970's, KLS
has "progressively focused its efforts on special needs individuals," he
Those include victims of domestic violence, the homeless, the elderly, farmers, those with disabling conditions, children in foster care "and persons who need basic life skills and employment training," Rosenblad
provides a way "for keeping many low-income people from falling permanently into the category of chronically poor," he
said, as well as providing a way for "many low-income people to successfully get back on their feet and become self sustaining."