Federal cuts would target civil legal aid for poor

Funds for low-income people seeking legal help in civil cases — such as those involving domestic violence protection from abuse orders, child custody issues, evictions, mortgage foreclosures — could potentially become scarcer.

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Kate Giammarise
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 27, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Neighborhood Legal Services Association (Pittsburgh) (NSLA), Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services (Washington, PA) (SPLAS), Laurel Legal Services (Greensburg, PA), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


In civil cases, basic human needs can still be at stake, however, such as those involving shelter, safety or child custody, noted Robert Racunas, Neighborhood Legal Services Association’s executive director.

His organization’s clients “include hard-working, low-wage earners; victims of domestic violence; veterans; the disabled; abused seniors; and the homeless, as well as countless others without the resources to afford legal assistance even when their need is desperate,” Mr. Racunas noted. The agency serves Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.