The Unmet Need for Legal Aid
Nearly a million poor people who seek help for civil legal problems are turned away because of the lack of adequate resources. The justice gap represents the difference between the level of civil legal assistance available and the level that is necessary to meet the legal needs of low-income individuals and families. According to LSC’s 2009 report Documenting the Justice Gap in America, 50% of all those who sought legal assistance from LSC grantees were turned away because of the lack of adequate resources. That means for every client served by LSC programs, another person who seeks help is turned away.