Davis Applauds COVID-19 Funds for Legal Aid Services
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today applauded federal funding going to legal aid service providers from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).The over $715,000 in funding comes from the CARES Act which Davis voted for and President Trump signed into law. Davis has supported increased funding for legal aid service providers and signed onto a FY 2021 support letter .
According to the LSC, the COVID-19 supplemental legal aid grants will support their grantees in assisting low-income clients facing job losses, evictions, domestic violence and other problems stemming from the pandemic. In addition, the Telework Capacity Grants will support new equipment, services and related expenses needed for legal services organizations to improve or expand telework capabilities to better serve low-income populations.
"My office has heard from many individuals and small businesses impacted by this pandemic who are actively utilizing Land of Lincoln or Prairie State legal aid services," said Davis. "These funds will ensure that those most in need will be able to get the legal help they require."
“We are grateful that Congress has recognized that COVID-19 is dramatically increasing the life-altering civil legal needs faced by low income Americans and that legal aid can make a meaningful difference in addressing those needs,” said LSC President Ronald S. Flagg. “The dramatic spike in legal needs caused by COVID-19 coupled with precipitous declines in state and local funding underscore the need for additional emergency federal funding for legal aid.”
LSC Grantee: Supplemental Legal Aid Grants/Telework Capacity Grants
Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Inc. : $289,498/$17,500
*Serves the following IL-13 counties: Bond, Calhoun, Champaign, Christian, Dewitt, Greene, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Piatt, Sangamon
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. : $391,553/$17,630
*Serves the following IL-13 county: McLean