Issue: Legal Aid

Civil legal aid is free legal services provided by the Legal Aid offices in Missouri and other states. Civil legal aid helps low-income people resolve urgent, non-criminal legal problems such as protecting the elderly from unlawful eviction, making sure women and children are protected from violence in their homes and helping veterans receive benefits they have earned and need.

The major source of funding for Missouri's Legal Aid offices is the federal government, which provides money to the Legal Services Corporation. Missouri's Legal Aid offices also receive funding from the United Way, private donations and Missouri's IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) Foundation.

Currently, because of a lack of funds and a continually increasing need for services, Missouri's Legal Aid offices turn away about half of all people who qualify for services and need help. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $70 million cut in funding to the Legal Services Corporation. This is an 18% cut in funding and will dramatically reduce low-income Missourians' ability to use the legal system to resolve injustices.