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MLSA receives Disaster Preparedness Grant

Tuesday, June 18, 2019  
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Montana Legal Services Association will receive $250,000 in grant funding to help low-income communities in Montana prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters.

Legal Services Corporation announced June 6 that MLSA was one of five civil legal aid organizations in the Midwest, along with Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, to receive funding.

The Montana Legal Coordinated Disaster Program will be integrated into MLSA's larger Pro Bono Project, which provides legal assistance to thousands of Montanans each year. In 2018, pro bono attorneys handled 1,146 cases through MLSA, donating a total of 4,218 hours. Through the improvements made under this grant, MLSA anticipates that the number clients able to receive pro bono services will increase, helping to expand access to legal services to people at their most vulnerable.

The grant will fund MLSA's Montana Legal Disaster Coordinated Program aims to make it easier for low-income Montanans to access legal services after a disaster by building a network of pro bono attorneys and build infrastructure to quickly mobilize them in the event of a disaster.