Boost civil legal aid budget for the poor

As state lawmakers construct a balanced budget that meets all of our needs, they should consider an increase in state funding for civil legal aid.

Letter to Editor (Massachusetts)

James P. Hall
Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)
May 30, 2018

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Northeast Legal Aid (MA)


Those who qualify for civil legal aid are some of the most vulnerable among us — an individual scraping by on little more than $15,000 per year, or a family of four living on an annual income of about $32,000. Civil legal aid is a proven, cost-effective way to help people from becoming further mired in financial instability and thus dependent on state services.

I urge our legislators to increase support for civil legal aid.