The Community Justice Foundation (CJF) was recently awarded a $388,000 grant from the Board of Directors of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF). TAJF is the preeminent subsidizer of legal aid in Texas whose purpose is committed to making justice and equality accessible for all, regardless of income. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the organization was created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1984, and grants millions of dollars per year to approximately 40 organizations statewide so that free legal assistance is accessible to those at-risk. The award will be used to continue the operation of the pro bono legal services provided by the Community Justice Program (CJP).
The TAJF grant comes at the right time, just as the Community Justice Foundation continues its plans to launch and operate as an independent non-profit entity in the near future. The money awarded will be used, in part, to recruit pro bono attorneys that will provide legal services on issues related to tenant’s rights, consumer cases, kinship documents, and other topics in the San Antonio area. A separate and equally substantial portion of the grant will go specifically towards the veteran population in San Antonio, as well.
This award is the largest of its kind to be awarded for CJP, coming in at nearly three times any previously awarded amount. The grant is the result of phenomenal efforts on the part of CJP’s Interim Board, its Chair Robert Soza Jr., Managing Attorney Sharon Breckenridge Thomas, and The San Antonio Bar Association’s Board of Directors.