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.
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 2023 state budget.
View MLAC’s Budget Fact Sheet for the Fiscal Year 2023 campaign.
Talking to your Legislator
Email, call and visit the governor and your state legislators about the importance of civil legal aid funding. We’ve provided suggested talking points to guide your discussion. Need to look up your legislators? Go to the Massachusetts Legislature’s website.
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.
Despite the promise of “equal justice for all” embedded in the Massachusetts Constitution, many low-income families in the Commonwealth are denied access to justice every day because they cannot afford attorneys to help them navigate the complex civil legal system.