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Congress Should Adequately Fund Legal Services Corporation

For Release: May 14, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Contact: Marjorie Tharp | 202-326-6047 | mtharp@naag.org
Twitter: @NatlAssnAttysGn

LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION SHOULD RECEIVE ROBUST FEDERAL FUNDING

Washington, D.C. --- The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) called on Congress today to provide adequate funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), an independent, nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1974 that gives financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans.

“For more than 40 years, LSC funding has helped veterans and military families secure important benefits, supported survivors of domestic violence, and assisted families facing foreclosure, victims of natural disasters, seniors and disabled Americans,” reads the NAAG letter signed by 39 state and territory attorneys general. “Please know it makes a real difference in our states.”

LSC provides funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. It fosters longstanding and useful public-private partnerships between legal aid organizations and private law firms and attorneys nationwide who donate their time and skills to help low-income residents.

The NAAG letter was sent to the Appropriations Committee leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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