Poor people who need help fighting a landlord or keeping government benefits can get an attorney for free through North Carolina legal aid programs, but new state budget cuts mean fewer may have that option.
News Story (North Carolina)
Associated Press (AP)
August 2, 2017
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Tags: Funding: State & Local
Organizations mentioned/involved: Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) (North Carolina), Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (formerly Legal Services of Southern Piedmont) (North Carolina)
Lawyers from the legal aid groups work for free on behalf of clients like Emma Moore of Henderson, who needs a power wheelchair to get around. She said a Legal Aid of North Carolina attorney prevented her from getting thrown out of her apartment. She’s being represented again before another potential eviction over unintentional damage to her apartment.
“I would be out in the cold with no place to live,” Moore, 66, said in an interview. “I wouldn’t have been able to afford a lawyer to take my case.”