The overall purpose of the National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) is to provide the aging and legal networks with easy access to a coordinated national legal assistance support system in order to strengthen legal assistance/elder rights efforts across the country. The NLRC has (2) primary ongoing objectives:
Objective 1: The NLRC supports the leadership, knowledge, and systems capacity of states, legal services providers, area agencies on aging, ADRCs, and other organizations serving older persons in order to enhance the quality, cost effectiveness, and accessibility of legal assistance, and elder rights programs provided to older persons.
Objective 2: The NLRC supports demonstration projects and state wide initiatives designed to expand or improve the delivery of legal assistance and elder rights protections to older persons with social or economic needs.
Through pursuit of these objectives, the NLRC helps promote the creation of a nation-wide system of effective legal assistance and elder rights advocacy services that protect and enhance essential rights and benefits of older adults facing challenges to their independence and financial security, particularly older persons who are least able to advocate on their own behalf.
The five national non-profit organizations of the NLRC are: