Legal Services Corporation’s 2022 Justice Gap Report provides a comprehensive look at the differences between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs. LSC’s study found that low-income Americans do not get the help they need for 92% of their civil legal problems, even though 74% of low-income households face at least one civil legal issue in a single year.
The consequences that result from a lack of appropriate counsel can be life-altering. Low-income Vermonters facing civil legal problems can lose their homes, children and healthcare, among other things. Help can be hard to access, so LSC and the organizations it funds — including Legal Services Vermont —are working to bridge this “justice gap” by providing free civil legal aid for those in need.