Don’t cut funding for legal services

Eliminating funding of this critical organization would be devastating to our most vulnerable people at the most vulnerable times of their lives.

Letter to Editor (NATIONAL)

Daily Gazette (NY)
March 24, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut (SLSCT), Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP), Colorado Legal Services


New York receives about $21 million a year in Legal Services Corp. funding, according to a recent New York Law Journal article. The state’s largest civil legal services provider, Legal Services NYC, would not be able to help 20,000 city residents without the $12 million federal allotment it receives.

North of the city, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley would be unable to serve more than 4,000 people with free legal services if its $1.7 million share is cut.

The same stories would be told throughout the state and the country.