Hurricane Katrina and civil legal aid (2005)

Here’s an example of how civil legal aid helped:

After Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of Mississippi families whose homes were destroyed or badly damaged did not have clear title to their property.

If local legal aid programs and hundreds of pro bono lawyers had not intervened, these families likely would have been unable to receive assistance under the state’s guidelines.

Working together, they negotiated with the state to change the eligibility policy, securing millions in housing recovery assistance for families who needed it most.

Read these pieces from Talk Poverty about Katrina.