The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) helps low-income families with legal problems, such as housing and foreclosure cases, family law, and consumer issues
What is the Legal Services Corporation?
LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income
Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an
independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC distributes more than 90 percent of its total funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 900 offices.
LSC promotes equal access to justice by awarding grants to legal services providers through a competitive grants process; conducting compliance reviews and program visits to oversee program quality and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as well as restrictions that accompany LSC funding, and by providing training and technical assistance to programs. LSC encourages programs to leverage limited resources by
partnering and collaborating with other funders of civil legal aid,
including state and local governments, Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA), access to justice commissions, the private bar, philanthropic foundations, and the business community.
Assistance from LSC is free if your income and assets are not over a certain level. Visit http://lsc.gov/general-information-about-eligibility-services on the web to learn more about guidelines and to find a local office, visit http://lsc.gov/find-legal-aid.