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US House panel OKs $550M for Legal Services Corp.

Thursday, May 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has approved funding legislation that provides $550 million for LSC in Fiscal Year 2020.

The $550 million is an increase of $135 million over LSC’s current funding and the largest appropriation proposal LSC has ever received. “We are very grateful to the House Appropriations Committee for recognizing that the Legal Services Corporation promotes the most fundamental of American values – equal justice under law,” said LSC President James J. Sandman.

The bill, approved Wednesday, will next be considered and voted on by the House of Representatives.

LSC distributes more than 93% of its funding to 132 independent legal aid organizations serving every county in every state and the U.S. territories. These legal aid offices provide critical constituent services to low-income Americans. More than 60% of all cases closed by LSC grantees involve family law matters, such as child custody, child support and adoptions, and housing matters, such as evictions and foreclosures. In 2018, 58.5 million low-income Americans were eligible for LSC-funded legal assistance.