Top Legal Aid Funder Lands $15M Marked For Disaster Relief

On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the second year in a row to earmark $15 million for LSC — this time without limitations on how it could be used.

News Story (NATIONAL)

RJ Vogt
June 9, 2019

Tags: LSC Funding, Natural Disasters

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


According to LSC President Jim Sandman, the back-to-back $15 million allocations demonstrate how much Congress has come to appreciate the importance of legal aid when disaster strikes.

“I hope it reflects a normalization of funding for legal aid,” Sandman said. “It’s great news.”

President Donald Trump signed the bill on Thursday, giving LSC license to distribute the funds across a vast geographic area that stretches from Guam to California to Alabama. Covered natural disasters include typhoons, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, mudslides and earthquakes.