Civil Legal Aid and the COVID-19 Crisis
When the COVID-19 crisis hit Massachusetts, civil legal aid organizations mobilized quickly to help low-income people. Economically disadvantaged people are disproportionately affected by the faltering economy, skyrocketing unemployment, housing insecurity, and other threats to people’s health, safety, and stability.
Learn what legal aid is doing to help [PDF].
Budget Fact Sheets
The EJC’s legislative funding campaign calls on state lawmakers to adequately fund the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) line item in the Fiscal Year 2021 state budget.
View MLAC’s Budget Fact Sheet for the Fiscal Year 2021 campaign!
Map of Civil Legal Aid Organizations in Massachusetts
Funding from the state line item for civil legal aid is distributed to regional and statewide civil legal aid organizations. View a map showing each organization’s service area.
Issue-specific Fact Sheets
Civil legal aid organizations in Massachusetts provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in a variety of cases, including housing, employment, education, health care, and family law, among others. Below are a series of fact sheets created by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation that detail the types of cases closed in each issue area, as well as ways civil legal aid helps specific groups of clients.
• Family Law and Domestic Violence [PDF]
• Housing [PDF]
• Employment/Unemployment [PDF]
• Immigration [PDF]
• Health Care [PDF]
• Opioid Crisis [PDF]
• Older Adults [PDF]
• Children [PDF]
Economic Benefits Fact Sheet
In FY19 the work of civil legal aid organizations in Massachusetts generated an economic benefit of $69 million to the Commonwealth and its residents.
• Economic Benefits [PDF]