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Eviction Study

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has launched a congressionally directed study to investigate the unmet legal needs surrounding eviction in the United States. This research is particularly timely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the lives and financial security of people across the country. This study will focus on evictions as a legal process and identify the scope of unmet legal needs involving eviction at the State and local level. The study will employ a multi-site, comparative approach to explore how variations in evictions laws and legal services affect the prevalence of evictions at the local level.
LSC Disaster Task Force Report

LSC Disaster Task Force Report

In April 2018, LSC’s Board of Directors established LSC’s Disaster Task Force. The focus of the Task Force was to foster and promote better cooperation, coordination, and communication between and among the emergency management community, legal services providers, the private bar, the judiciary, community-based organizations, and the business community to ensure that low-income disaster survivors receive the legal assistance they need. The Disaster Task Force held three in-person meetings and field hearings (in Washington, D.C., Houston, TX, and Miami, FL) between May 2018 and March 2019. The Disaster Task Force’s Recommendations highlight the concrete steps that legal services providers can take to build a systematic, coordinated, and sustainable approach to helping low-income individuals, families, and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. The Task Force’s recommendations focus on relationship-building, training attorneys and volunteers to recognize disaster-related civil legal issues and to represent low-income disaster survivors, as well as enabling legal services providers, courts, individuals, families, and communities to better prepare for disasters. LSC’s follow-up on these recommendations is critical to ensuring that they are implemented in a meaningful way.

Strengthening the role of civil legal aid in responding to the opioid episdemic

LSC Opioid Task Force Report

In April 2018, the Legal Services Corporation created an Opioid Task Force to identify the civil legal issues faced by individuals and families affected by OUD and the role that civil legal aid providers can play — in collaboration with treatment and other service providers, the judiciary, and federal and state government agencies — in assisting those individuals and families. Judges, legal aid attorneys, clinicians, leaders of public health and public policy organizations, access to justice professionals, individuals in recovery, business leaders, and members of LSC’s Leaders Council comprised the Task Force. The Task Force spent eleven months holding in-person meetings and conference calls that brought together Task Force members with subject matter experts to investigate and analyze the intersection between the opioid epidemic and civil legal aid. 

Statutory Restrictions on LSC-funded Programs

Statutory Restrictions on LSC-funded Programs

The Legal Services Corporation Act (42 U.S.C. § 2996 et seq.) stipulates that LSC-funded programs...

How Legal Aid Helps Veterans


Local legal aid offices are gateways for veterans in need of civil legal assistance. Many veterans who served in combat...

What Is The Legal Services Corporation?

What is the Legal Services Corporation?

The U.S. constitution guarantees access to a lawyer when someone is accused of a crime. But, there is no...

The Role Of Legal Aid In Disaster Recovery

 The Role of Legal Aid in Disaster Recovery

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, legal services providers are a...

How Legal Aid Addresses The Opioid Crisis

Opioid addiction and overdosing is a public health crisis affecting nearly every community in America. The White House Council of Economic Advisors estimated that in 2015 the economic cost of the opioid crisis was $504 billion.1 Each day, 91 Americans die from opioid overdose.2 In rural communities, the rate of drug overdose deaths is disproportionately high, surpassing rates in urban areas.3 States with rural populations such as West Virginia, Kentucky, and New Hampshire have the highest opioid death rates.

Can LSC Grantees Represent Undocumented Immigrants?

As set by Federal statute, LSC grantees can represent only U.S. citizens, with limited exceptions.   

How Legal Aid Helps Domestic Violence Survivors


The Legal Services Corporation (LSC...