LSC requests $1.576 billion for FY 2024, an increase of $313 million over LSC’s FY 2023 budget request. This recommendation considers the sustained impact of COVID-19 on low-income Americans. We now know that more than 33% of unmet legal needs are directly related to COVID-19 and that the legal needs of low-income people have only been exacerbated as a result of the pandemic. As families grapple with legal needs related to or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect the number of people seeking help from LSC grantees to increase in the next several years.
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LSC’s latest justice gap report, released April 2022, shows that 92% of the civil legal problems of low-income Americans did not receive any or enough legal help. Nearly three quarters (74%) of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem in the previous year. A third (33%) of low-income Americans had at least one problem they attributed to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
LSC promotes equal access to justice by providing funding to 131 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.
Grantee Client Impact
Allen was born with kidney failure. At six months old, he was one of the youngest people in the Missouri to receive a kidney transplant and he has been on medications his entire life.
Mr. D* joined the Marines when he was 17 years old. While serving in Vietnam, he was injured three times and received two Purple Hearts. When Mr. D came back to the United States, he began to struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He went AWOL (absent without official leave) and lived in shame while trying to battle his illness alone.
Following an acrimonious divorce in which Mr. Harrison was not represented by an attorney, he had not been allowed visitation rights with his son and daughter despite the lack of any allegations of abuse.
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Under the Sixth Amendment, Americans are only guaranteed legal assistance for criminal matters. LSC was created to financially support legal aid organizations who assist with civil matters.
Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.
LSC-funded programs help people who live in households with annual incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines – in 2021, that is $16,100 for an individual, $33,125 for a family of four. Clients come from every ethnic and age group and live in rural, suburban, and urban areas.
They are the working poor, veterans, homeowners and renters, families with children, farmers, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Women - many of whom are struggling to keep their children safe and their families together - comprise 70% of clients.
LSC is a grant-making organization, distributing nearly 94% of its federal appropriation to eligible nonprofit organizations delivering civil legal aid. LSC awards grants through a competitive process and currently funds 131 independent legal aid organizations. With 851 offices nationwide, these organizations serve thousands of low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in every congressional district.
LSC grantees handle the basic civil legal needs of the poor, addressing matters involving safety, subsistence, and family stability. Most legal aid practices are focused on family law, including domestic violence and child support and custody, and on housing matters, including evictions and foreclosures.
LSC promotes equal access to justice by awarding grants to legal services providers through a competitive grants process.
We award grants targeted towards technology initiatives, pro bono innovations, as well as many others.
Legal Services Corporation currently provides funding to 131 independent nonprofit legal aid organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.
To find an LSC-funded legal aid organization near you, simply enter an address or city at the link below.
Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request
LSC requests $1.576 billion for FY 2024, an increase of $313 million over LSC’s FY 2023 budget request. This recommendation considers the sustained impact of COVID-19 on low-income Americans. We now know that more than 33% of unmet legal needs are directly related to COVID-19 and that the legal needs of low-income people have only been exacerbated as a result of the pandemic. Evictions are on the rise – returning to or exceeding historical averages. Debt collection and related consumer finance complaints have reached record highs. In 2021, LSC grantees closed a record number of cases involving domestic violence. As families grapple with legal needs related to or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect the number of people seeking help from LSC grantees to increase in the next several years.
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to help measure the justice gap among low-income Americans in 2022. LSC defines the justice gap as the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs.