For the last fifty years Legal Aid has stood at the front line of the war on poverty. In that time the staff has handled well over 200,000 cases for people in need.
For many low-income families in Missouri, tax season is a welcomed time. Working families that qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) receive refunds which they can use to pay rent, electric and gas bills or to buy necessities that they cannot normally afford throughout the year.
Home foreclosures in Missouri are down significantly from 2013 and that’s good news. Despite the reduction, the bad news is that when a rental property is foreclosed, the effect that the foreclosure sale can have on a tenant can be disastrous. Current federal law helps lessen the blow for many families.
It’s one impossible choice after another—between food, medicine, paying the heating bill or even affording a lawyer. If a person or family does not have an adequate income there are many tough choices to make every day. LSMO.org has added a link to the Tour Poverty USA video. Find out what life is like at the poverty line and ways you can help.
If you are a lawyer you can help by contacting The Missouri Bar Pro Project or your local Missouri legal aid program to volunteer to handle a pro bono legal aid case in Missouri.
Pro Bono - "If every Missouri attorney volunteered for one pro bono case each year, most unmet needs would be fulfilled".
The Missouri Bar encourages all Missouri attorneys to find opportunities and access resources to provide pro bono service to needy persons and groups, particularly those whose incomes do not allow them to obtain necessary representation. Please click on the following link to learn more: http://www.mobarprobono.net/