Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services
A non-profit organization that serves low-income individuals and families as well as lawyers and other advocates in Michigan.
Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project
This project provides free legal help to clients who have experienced domestic violence and to clients who are at least 55 years old and have experienced abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
MI Choice, CTS, and PACE Ombudsman Program
This program ensures participants receive the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) they are entitled to under these programs as well as protecting participant’s rights.
Michigan Elder Justice Initiative
This program focuses primarily on issues affecting the most vulnerable older adults including long term care; guardianship; public benefits; and elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also works closely with disability advocates to address issues of shared concern.
Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project
This project is a partnership between legal aid offices and housing counselors throughout Michigan, as well as the National Consumer Law Center, and provides help to people facing mortgage and tax foreclosure.
Michigan Health Link Ombudsman
MHLO serves as an advocate and problem-solver for beneficiaries enrolled in MI Health Link.
Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
MIRC is a legal resource center for Michigan's immigrant communities. MIRC works to build a thriving Michigan where immigrant communities experience equity and belonging.
Michigan Legal Help Program
MLH's mission is to educate the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law and to help visitors navigate the court system properly and efficiently.
Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman
This program strives to improve the quality of care and quality of life experienced by residents of licensed long term care facilities. It also aims to improve the long term care system, advocating for passage of laws, regulations, and policies benefiting over 100,000 Michigan long term care residents.
Michigan Poverty Law Program
MPLP provides support services statewide for local legal aid programs and other poverty law advocates. MPLP engages in systemic advocacy to help alleviate barriers faced by low income individuals.
Board of Directors
Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices PLLC
Delphia Simpson - President
Washtenaw County Public Defender
John C. Philo
Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice
Linda K. Rexer
Ann Arbor, MI
Martha Gonzalez Cortes
Michigan Donor Alliance
History & Mission
What is now the Michigan Advocacy Program began 50 years ago as a number of independent local legal aid societies in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Jackson, and Lansing. Over time, these local programs merged and became Legal Services of South Central Michigan — which provides free civil legal aid to low income individuals in 13 counties in south and central Michigan and has offices in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Jackson, Lansing and Monroe. LSSCM is the Legal Services Corporation and the Michigan State Bar Foundation grantee across all of these 13 counties.
In 1997, in response to state and federal efforts to reorganize legal services, LSSCM created the Michigan Poverty Law Program and Farmworker Legal Services (FLS). FLS, like LSSCM, is a direct services program — it provides free legal assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout the state of Michigan.
MPLP and its affiliated programs are state support programs. Working with local advocacy organizations, these programs support and coordinate services across the whole state. These statewide programs include: the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center; the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project; the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative; and the Michigan Legal Help Program.
In 2014, LSSCM changed its name to the Michigan Advocacy Program to better reflect both its direct service work and its statewide advocacy programs. MAP continues to provide direct services through its LSSCM and FLS divisions. In 2014, MAP created a separate LLC to house its statewide services, Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS).
The Michigan Advocacy Program is funded by government grants, private funders and contributions. With your support our programs are available to help those who need it the most.
A civil justice system that provides equitable access to all.
To advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions.
MAP aspires to fully live our values internally and externally:
- Justice: Aspiring for the fair and equitable treatment for all within the legal system and beyond
- Equity: Addressing the deep inequities caused by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems
- Compassion: Recognizing suffering and working toward its alleviation
- Quality: Striving for excellence in all that we do
- Service: Ensuring our clients are as connected and resourced as possible to address their needs
- Integrity: Adhering to our values as we work toward our mission