Cutting the Poverty Rate with Civil Legal Aid


How civil legal aid prevents poverty and injustice.
Blog Post (NATIONAL)

Martha Bergmark
TalkPoverty.org
September 28, 2015
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Tags: Poverty

Organizations mentioned/involved: Voices for Civil Justice


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There are no quick or easy fixes to eliminate poverty. But there is a vital resource in our communities that helps prevent many people from falling into poverty while lifting others out of it: civil legal aid. By providing legal assistance to people who face potentially life-changing and destabilizing challenges—like wrongful evictions and foreclosures, domestic abuse, and debilitating medical crises—civil legal aid allows people to protect their homes, families, and livelihoods.

And it does it in a cost-effective way: A New York Task Force study found that every dollar invested in civil legal aid delivers six dollars back to the state’s economy. Unfortunately, because of a lack of investment in this resource, many families don’t get the legal help they need and therefore face the prospect of economic ruin.