From Sarasota Tribune:
SARASOTA – A string of staff cuts and firings at Gulfcoast Legal Services’ Sarasota office could result in a loss of grant funding and even possible closure of the office, say former employees who are worried about the agency’s future.
In order to meet the requirements of its annual $89,621 grant from Sarasota County, attorneys at the nonprofit’s Sarasota office must open 455 new civil cases each year.
Of these new cases, 255 must be for low-income adult and elderly clients and 200 must be housing cases, usually foreclosure assistance.
The county grant also requires Gulfcoast’s Sarasota attorneys to close 447 cases each year, of which 391 must have favorable outcomes for their clients.