Budget cuts threaten to slam the courthouse door on many Alabama residents

When ordinary Americans need help with life's big problems, the Legal Services Corporation is there. But its survival is threatened. That's why it needs help from every resident of Alabama.

Op-Ed (Alabama)

Linda Klein
April 26, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Alabama (LSA), Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Alfred Parker, an 80-year-old military veteran, came to Legal Services Alabama when he was about to lose his home to foreclosure. He had taken a home equity loan to pay for repairs, but he got sick and stopped paying the loan so he could afford medical care. A lawyer hired by legal aid filed an emergency bankruptcy petition to stop the foreclosure. A legal aid lawyer requested a loan modification and it was approved. Today, Parker is current on his mortgage and his home is safe. Justice was served.

There are many people like Parker around the country. Nationwide, LSC provides civil legal aid to nearly 2 million low-income people every year. To qualify, a family of four in the contiguous United States must earn less than $30,750 per year.