Possible Cuts in Washington Could Have Negative Impact on State’s Most Vulnerable Disaster Survivors

Potential budget cuts in Washington has the firm concerned the work it provides, to help the state's most vulnerable residents recover from disasters and navigate the legal system, could also be cut.
Audio, News Story (South Carolina)

Thelisha Eaddy
South Carolina Public Radio
March 5, 2017

Tags: Disaster Recovery

Organizations mentioned/involved: South Carolina Legal Services, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


In 2016, South Carolina Legal Services closed 8,112 civil cases for low income residents. The nonprofit, state-wide law firm has nine offices across the state with 50 attorneys on staff. More than half the law firm’s budget comes from Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Last year, LSC appropriated $5,755,483 to South Carolina Legal Services. It’s FY 2017 requests for South Carolina is $7,635,827.

Jim Sandman is president of LSC. He said the percentage of LSC’s congressional appropriation a grantee like South Carolina Legal Services receives depends on what other sources are available in that state.