LSC Celebrates 35 Years of Serving the Poor

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s largest funder, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), is proudly observing thirty-five years of dedicated federal funding to provide civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.

Established by Congress in 1974, LSC operates as a nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC provides federal funds to 137 independent nonprofit organizations across the nation, including Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. Nationwide, LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for the poor.

“We deeply appreciate the bipartisan support of Congress and the LSC in ensuring we receive this critical federal funding,” said TRLA Executive Director David Hall. With LSC’s help, TRLA served more than 20,000 low-income Texans in 2008.

In these difficult economic times, LSC funding has never been more important and critical to the success of legal aid programs. Millions of Americans continue to fall deeper into poverty and millions more are facing poverty for the first time. The low-income Americans who seek legal assistance include victims of domestic violence, families facing unlawful evictions or foreclosures that could leave them homeless, disaster victims trying to obtain emergency assistance, persons with disabilities, military veterans and others with pressing civil legal problems.

For fiscal year 2009, Congress appropriated $390 million to LSC. The Corporation is headed by a bipartisan board of directors whose 11 members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

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