January 3, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC--The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) will distribute $303.8 million in grants in 2007 to 138 programs with 900 offices that provide civil legal aid to low-income Americans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
LSC President Helaine M. Barnett said, "These grants will be used to provide civil legal aid to the most vulnerable among us at their time of greatest need--fulfilling our nation's promise of equal access to justice for all, not just those who can afford to pay for it."
Three out of four clients of LSC-funded programs are women-for the most part, mothers with children. Many are elderly or disabled. Some are veterans. Most are at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty threshold, currently an annual income of about $25,000 for a family of four.
Programs funded by LSC help low-income Americans secure basic human needs such as safe and habitable housing, protection from domestic violence, child support, and essential health care.
The size of each grant is based on the number of people living in poverty in a given state or service area, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau and required by law. A complete list of 2007 grant recipients follows.