Bloomberg Law
July 24, 2020, 8:51 AM

Domestic Violence, Eviction, Finances Drive Virus Legal Aid Rise

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

Rising evictions and domestic violence are partly driving the skyrocketing demand for legal aid during the coronavirus pandemic, with groups anticipating a heavier caseload overall going forward and requesting an additional $50 million in federal funds.

Virtually all of the organizations receiving funds from the Legal Services Corporation to help the poor anticipate additional needs arising from the ongoing crisis and fewer avenues for resources due to the economic impact of the virus, an LSC survey showed.

“The survey responses confirm that the pandemic and its economic consequences are causing or will cause a spike in legal needs in areas ...

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