A civil justice crisis is coming; Much greater funding for legal aid is needed

Op-Ed (Massachusetts)

Susan Finegan, Lynne Parker
CommonWealth – Nonprofit journal of politics, ideas and civic life
September 10, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Domestic Violence, Housing: Eviction, Housing: Foreclosure, Hunger, Unemployment Insurance


THE COVID-19 CRISIS has come at Massachusetts in waves: a public health emergency, an economic collapse, a widening of racial disparities, and now, an overwhelming need for legal help. In response, the Commonwealth must fully support the essential work of civil legal aid, which helps low-income people retain housing, stay safe from domestic abuse, appeal rejected claims for unemployment and other public benefits, and resolve a host of other civil legal problems that are growing in the virus’s wake.