Legal Aid of NC celebrates 35th Anniversary of Legal Services Corporation

July 27, 2009 Media Release

(Raleigh, NC) - Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) joins the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) this week in observing 35 years of dedicated federal funding to provide civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.

The Corporation, known as LSC, provides federal funds to 137 independent nonprofit organizations across the nation, including Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). The funding provided by LSC is vital to LANC, making up 45 percent of the LANC’s total annual budget.

Nationwide, LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for the poor. 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.

“We deeply appreciate the bipartisan support of Congress and the LSC in ensuring we receive this critical federal funding,” said George Hausen, LANC's executive director. "The crisis in our economy has greatly increased the need for legal services."

In 2008, LANC served more than 23,000 clients in North Carolina, making a meaningful difference in their lives. Low-income households 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.

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. For more information, visit the LSC website www.lsc.gov.

Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to eligible, low-income people in all 100 counties in North Carolina through 24, geographically located offices in North Carolina. LANC’s clients typically have an annual income of 125% or less of the federally established poverty levels. In 2008, LANC closed approximately 23,000 cases across North Carolina.  For additional information on LANC, visit the LANC website at www.legalaidnc.org.
 

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ALSO SEE: 
4 07/22/09 LSC media release, "Milestone for LSC: 35 Years Championing Equal Access to Justice"
 
4 07/22/09 White House release, "PROCLAMATION:  35TH Anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, 2009, by the President of the United States of America."
 


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Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

 

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