D.C.’s imperiled safety net: legal aid groups

Today’s Washington Post ran an editorial urging the D.C. government to reconsider a 40-percent reduction in funding to legal aid programs. “Such groups help represent the homeowner who is on the brink of losing a house or the tenant who may be days away from living on the streets,” the editorial said. “They also, in many instances, serve as liaisons for people in need of food stamps, unemployment benefits or temporary shelter. They find help for the battered woman and the sick child. They are, in short, gateways to a number of services already provided by government but which many residents would not know existed or would have no clear idea how to obtain.” To read the entire editorial, click here.


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