Medical conditions of the patient population that HeLP serves include asthma (22.8 percent), developmental delay (19.6 percent), ADHD (13.1 percent), lung problems (11.3 percent), seizure disorders (10.9 percent), and heart problems (8.7 percent) as well as autism, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, kidney disease, sickle cell disease, and Down syndrome.
HeLP’s diverse client population includes Caucasians (18 percent), African-Americans (64 percent), and Latinos (14 percent), as well as families of Asian, and Pacific Islander. Approximately 13 percent of HeLP families speak Spanish only and 87 percent of HeLP’s clients are female of which 72 percent were single, divorced, separated, or widowed. (Statistics estimated). Sixty percent of families have incomes less than 100% of the federal poverty level.
HeLP’s caseload, during 2014, included 604 cases on behalf of 482 unique clients, resulting in approximately $685,000 in benefits. While HeLP primarily serves low-income families from the greater metropolitan Atlanta area, a number of HeLP’s clients are from rural areas throughout Georgia with little or no access to legal assistance.
HeLP has served clients from Georgia counties that are in green on the map below.