Legal lifeline to low-income people in peril

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

Op-Ed (Alabama, NATIONAL)

Linda Klein, Patricia Bennett
Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS)
May 6, 2017

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.