Legal Aid Programs Hit Hard By Funding Cuts from All Directions
Here's a compelling piece from The Nonprofit Quarterly on the past, present and future of Legal Aid funding. The Legal Services Corporation, which provides funding to local agencies that offer direct civil legal services to low-income families and individuals, faces a significant cut at the federal level.
Additionally, IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) funds have been shrinking rapidly over the last several years, in response to the economic downturn -- a downturn that has increased the number of people eligible for legal aid services. With supply decreasing and demand increasing, Legal Aid programs -- and the clients they serve -- are facing a tough road...
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