Op-Ed (Alabama, NATIONAL)
Linda Klein, Patricia Bennett
Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS)
May 6, 2017
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Tags: Funding: Federal
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Mississippi Center for Legal Services
What does the LSC do to protect low-income individuals and families who can’t afford a lawyer? Here’s a recent story from Mississippi.
Gus Lloyd moved from Chicago to Mississippi to care for his elderly, ill mother. The house where they lived was almost uninhabitable, with a leaky roof, a shifting foundation and crumbling siding, but Lloyd couldn’t get a repair loan because of title problems. With no money to hire a lawyer, Lloyd turned to the Mississippi Center for Legal Services for help. A legal aid lawyer got a court order transferring title of the house to Lloyd, who then qualified for a loan and hired a contractor. The house was saved.
There are many people like Gus Lloyd 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.