Older New Americans & Refugees Legal Services Unit

In partnership with Erie County Senior Services, CELJ’s Older New Americans & Refugee Legal Services Unit provides specialized services to new Americans who are age 60 and above. If you are a senior and have a problem with Social Security’s SSI program, Medical Assistance, or have a nursing home or other family and immigration related matters, we may be able to help.
Our legal team is on-site at the Hope Refugee Center each week on Thursdays from 1-4pm. This is a drop-in clinic - feel free to come by with your legal questions and concerns!

We are also available to provide immigration information, presentations, outreach and brochures. All services are provided in multiple languages without regard to race, religion or socioeconomic status. Translation services are available! To see if you qualify for our services or to request a presentation, please contact us at (716) 853-3087 ext. 233.

 

For more information about our program, download our brochure here.

Thank you to The New York Bar Foundation and Erie County Senior Services for their support of this program!

 

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FAQs

Older refugees have the added burden of trying to tackle aging-related problems while being displaced, facing language barriers and having cultural and nutritional differences that are not addressed at most senior centers. Additionally, they have issues that are specific to refugees, such as the potential loss of Social Security benefits after seven years.

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