New Orelans, LA-The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF), a statewide organization, recently awarded more than $8.7 million in grants to assist women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, and those facing loss of their homes with civil legal aid issues. Civil legal aid is free legal advice, representation, or other legal assistance provided to low-income and vulnerable people who cannot otherwise afford legal help.
Through a network of nonprofit, civil legal aid organizations who serve Louisiana’s poorest citizens, these funds will provide services that go to the very heart of the health, safety and security of many of Louisiana’s citizens and their families.
LBF President, Skip Philips said, “In these unprecedented times, the number of our citizens facing life-changing challenges increases every day. Through no fault of their own, more families find themselves qualifying for civil legal aid and more civil legal issues are surfacing. Civil legal aid is a vital component of the societal response to, and recovery from, the current public health crisis.”
Access to civil legal aid makes our community stronger by helping people avoid foreclosure, protect themselves from domestic violence, gain custody of loved ones, and safeguard economic security.
Click here to see a list of 2020-21 grantees receiving $8.7million.