Maryland legal services programs brace for cuts

The Maryland Legal Services Corp. is digging into its reserves and must cut grants to its programs by five percent, the Daily Record reported today.

“Late last month, [MLSC executive director] Susan M. Erlichman told Maryland Legal Services’ existing grantees to submit requests for fiscal 2013 that reflect a 5 percent reduction from the current funding levels,” the article said. “The grantees were also warned the cuts might be deeper in fiscal 2014.”

“’We are hoping that we can keep the cuts between 5 and 10 percent,’ Erlichman said. ‘If we can keep it to five that would be our desire but that really depends on what happens the next six months as far as income.’

“Maryland Legal Services, hit with dwindling revenue sources, is spending $1.6 million of its reserves this year and next, Erlichman said. If the trend continues, it will run out of money in fiscal 2014, she said.

“’This is very, very frightening,’ she said last week.”

Maryland Legal Aid, MLSC’s largest grantee, will be cut more than $500,000.


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