Trump wants to cut off poor people’s legal lifeline

Without legal aid, there will be little assistance for those facing eviction, domestic violence, or huge amounts of debt.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Bryce Covert
April 6, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)


But Esnault, a 68-year-old Vietnam War veteran who suffers from PTSD, knew he wouldn’t be able to find a new place on his own. “I was going to be out on the street. I didn’t have no money to move,” he said. “This is something that just came out of the blue.”

It wasn’t just him, either. Fifty-three other low-income families were facing the same fate. “This is very stressful,” he said. “This is taking years off our life.”

“I knew I needed help,” he said.


“If it weren’t for Hannah, that wouldn’t have happened,” Esnault said. “If it weren’t for Hannah and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services we wouldn’t have had no place. That’s an awful thing to think.”

“I thank god for Hannah and her organization,” he added. “Baby, without that I tell you what, I would be on the street, and so would many others.”