LSC distributes more than 90% of its federal appropriation to grants that support legal assistance for a wide variety of basic civil legal needs. LSC’s grantees serve thousands of low-income individuals in every congressional district.
Grantee Client Impact
LSC-funded legal aid organizations help with a wide variety of civil legal issues affecting low-income Americans, addressing matters involving safety, subsistence and family stability.
Each year LSC publishes a variety of reports to benchmark our success, commemorate our grantee programs, and offer full transparency to those we serve.
LSC requests $1.576 billion for FY 2024, an increase of $313 million over LSC’s FY 2023 budget request. This recommendation considers the sustained impact of COVID-19 on low-income Americans. LSC requests $1.576 billion for FY 2024, an increase of $313 million over LSC’s FY 2023 budget request. This recommendation considers the sustained impact of COVID-19 on low-income Americans.
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The U.S. constitution guarantees access to a lawyer when someone is accused of a crime. But, there is no constitutional right to an attorney when someone faces a civil action. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was created in 1974 to ensure that low-income individuals and families have access to justice and due process.
LSC grantees provide legal assistance to domestic violence survivors in many different areas of the law.Grantees prevent future violence by obtaining, renewing and enforcing protective orders in court. For many victims, concerns over their ability to provide for themselves and their children are a significant reason for staying in or returning to an abusive relationship.
In the aftermath of a natural disaster, legal services providers are a critical component of comprehensive disaster relief. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has expertise in working with and supporting a network of national and local partners to help LSC-funded legal aid programs serve low-income clients when disasters or emergencies occur.
Local legal aid offices are gateways for veterans in need of civil legal assistance. Many veterans who served in combat confront legal problems—such as foreclosures, evictions, consumer fraud, child custody issues, and wrongful denials of benefits —that LSC-funded legal aid programs handle. An estimated 1.8million veterans are eligible for LSC-funded services. In 2017, LSC grantees served more than 100,000 veterans and their family members with a range of legal problems.
With 131 local legal aid programs and more than 800 offices nationwide, LSC grantees aid thousands of Americans suffering from this crisis. In a 2017 survey of LSC grantees, more than 94% of grantees who replied reported that they provide legal services to a client population that includes users of opioids.