How Legal Aid Helps
What If You Were Poor And…
- you were wrongfully denied medical care…
- you were a victim of domestic violence and had no place to go…
- you were illegally evicted from your apartment and facing homelessness…
Where Could You Get Help?
Low-income families must fight these battles on their own because – despite the fact that civil cases can result in people going to jail, or losing their home, health care, custody of their children or sense of safety – there is no right to an attorney in civil legal proceedings as there is for criminal defendants. At least four out of five people who need a civil lawyer don’t have one.
The Campaign for Legal Services is a joint fundraising effort for two of New Hampshire’s civil legal aid organizations: the Legal Advice and Referral Center, and New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Working together, these organizations provide civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents to help meet their basic daily survival needs. For many people living in poverty, civil legal aid is the only pathway to food, shelter, health care, and freedom from domestic abuse.
More than 70 percent of legal aid clients are low-income women. About 10 percent are veterans of the armed services, and almost every case we take affects a household with children.
NHLA and LARC help people by
- preserving their income
- protecting victims of domestic violence
- preventing homelessness
- helping people access health care and education, and
- providing empowerment and education so people can advocate for themselves more effectively.
If YOU want to be part of the team that protects everyone’s right to access justice in our courts, make your gift today!