Legal aid for low-income Texans cut under proposed 2019 White House budget

Connie Castillo and Jeanette Bell live in different parts of Texas, but both share a similar feeling: If it wasn’t for civil legal aid services coming to their help, they don’t know what they would do.

News Story (Texas)

Steffi Lee
KXAN (Local NBC, Austin, TX)
February 23, 2018

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), Lone Star Legal Aid, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas


The case is set for trial next month. Bell’s situation also deals with a housing issue. She was close to losing her home to foreclosure, but attorneys from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas helped her through the process to save the house.

“They were a blessing and I thank God for them every day,” Bell says about her help from the organization.

Lone Star Legal Aid, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid all receive grant funding from the Legal Services Corporation, which is the independent nonprofit established by Congress to provide funding for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. According to numbers from the agency, between 2013-2015, the groups closed an average of more than 50,000 cases each year. These grants make up about half of the funding for each organization.