Lawmakers Support Additional Funding for Legal Aid as Indiana Legal Services Receives One Million

April 28, 2020

Indiana Legal Services will be receiving a booster shot of just over $1 million as part of the additional $50 million in funding Congress allotted to legal aid providers across the country during the COVID-19 emergency. 

The $50 million was funneled to the Legal Services Corp., which then distributed the funds to all of its 132 grantees. LSC calculated the amount each agency received by looking at the poverty population and unemployment claims in each state.

LS, which services the entire state of Indiana, was awarded a total of $1.05 million. The basic field grant of $996,045 was supplemented with $31,752 for its program assisting agricultural workers and victims of human trafficking. In addition, the organization also got more than $18,000 in reimbursement for expenses the organization incurred in transitioning its staff to working remotely as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Jon Laramore, ILS executive director, said the organization is still discussing how to deploy the bulk of the extra funding.

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