WECU to team with LAW Advocates to help homeless get IDs

Whatcom Educational Credit Union staff members are partnering with attorneys from LAW Advocates to help homeless people in need of proper photo identification.

WECU’s Social Responsibility Committee’s Sweat Equity Team will volunteer its time at the Access ID clinic March 10 in the Bellingham Public Library.

They will work with low-income individuals to obtain the proper documents needed to get a state ID card. The lack of proper ID presents significant challenges to those seeking to find work and secure housing.

“State-issued  ID is critical for those trying to transition out of homelessness,” Page Change, LAW Advocates’ homeless disability benefits advocate, said in a March 5 press release.

The Access ID launched in March 2011. In the past year, the project served more than 190 clients at its drop-in clinics.

Law Advocates, founded in 1986, assists low-income Whatcom County residents through a panel of local attorneys who volunteer their time to provide free civil legal help. The organization is online at www.lawadvocates.org.

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