In the U.S, people are not guaranteed lawyers in civil cases — cases that involve issues like domestic violence, the potential loss of homes and children, and adoption. Atlanta Legal Aid provides free legal help to people living in poverty so they don’t have to face a complicated legal system alone.
The numbers have shown us how dire the COVID-19 crisis is for Legal Aid’s clients.
- Calls related to unemployment skyrocketed at Legal Aid, with a 1,197% increase.
- We’ve had 847 applications seeking protection from intimate partner abuse, a 47% increase from last year.
- We saw a 28% increase in requests for assistance with private landlord tenant cases.
In spite of these numbers, our lawyers and advocates show up (to their home offices) every day to fight for our clients’ safety, health, and livelihoods. In the first 7 months of the pandemic, Atlanta Legal Aid has provided services to: 2,354 low income metro-Atlantans to preserve their housing; 804 low income metro-Atlantans to help obtain unemployment benefits; and 479 low income metro-Atlantans to obtain or retain Food Stamp/SNAP benefits.
These are tangible results made possible by people like you. Please make a gift today to support this vital work.
If you are able, a gift to Atlanta Legal Aid at this time will have a huge positive impact on our clients in the months to come.
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