Thousands of local citizens wind up in court each year fighting legal battles to keep their homes, to maintain custody of their children and to hold onto work and medical benefits.
News Story (Florida)
Pensacola News Journal (FL)
March 24, 2017
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Tags: Funding: Federal
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
A budget proposed by President Donald Trump would eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation, a national non-profit organization that provides free civil legal aid to low-income and elderly citizens. The local branch of the organization, Legal Services of North Florida, serves 16 Florida counties, with the Pensacola office handling the cases of about 6,000 everyday families who otherwise couldn’t afford an attorney.
“It’s too easy for the populations we serve to get lost,” said Leslie Powell, executive director of LSNF. “When times are at their worst and people are facing homelessness or economic disaster, it’s important for them to know there’s a place for them to turn.”