The economic difficulties have already placed a heavy burden on legal services programs at a time when more Americans than ever qualify for, and desperately need, legal assistance. One in every two eligible clients who seeks assistance from an LSC funded legal aid program is turned away due to lack of resources. Funding is critical to help low-income Americans with pressing civil legal needs.
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the largest single provider of funding to civil legal assistance programs for low-income Americans. LSC distributes grants to 136 independent local programs, and LSC grantees operate legal aid programs in each of the 50 states.