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Commercial Lease Review for Nonprofit Serving 30,000 meals to People Living with HIV/AIDS

PCS LogoThere have been over 82,000 cumulative diagnoses of HIV infection in Los Angeles County alone, with minority populations being disproportionality impacted by the disease. Project Chicken Soup (PCS) understands HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other illnesses make even routine tasks such as preparing meals challenging and in some cases, impossible. Founded in 1989, PCS embraces the fact that good nutrition can help manage the symptoms of HIV/AIDS. To that end, PCS prepares and delivers free, nutritious, kosher meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit is comprised of 1,500 volunteers who serve 125 clients per month by providing grocery bags 2 Sundays a month, containing 10 meals per delivery – that equates to 30,000 meals annually.

In February 2015 PCS was served with a 3-day notice on their commercial lease, threatening to disrupt services and jeopardizing the nonprofit’s future. CDP quickly connected PCS to pro bono attorneys Scott Kalt and Levi Pinsky of Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP. “After working together almost daily for ten days, Mr. Kalt and Mr. Pinsky were able to facilitate an agreement between PCS and the landlord,” reports Executive Director Cathryn Friedman. The pro bono attorneys were able to secure a dismissal of legal proceedings against PCS. “I am so truly appreciative of the help that Scott, Levi, and Public Counsel provided to PCS” she says. “The services helped us through a really difficult time and contributed to PCS being able to move forward with continued operations.”

With the assistance they received, PCS has been able to continue providing services to those in need and with sufficient resources, soon plans to double their capacity by preparing and delivering an astounding 60,000 meals annually. Congratulations to Project Chicken Soup and thank you to Scott Kalt and Levi Pinsky for the pro bono time you spent! To learn more about PCS or to volunteer, please click here.