Congressman Fattah Announces $3.6 Million in New Technology Grants to Improve Access for Legal Assistance

Nov 03, 2011, 16:47 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

Low-income, veterans and military families will benefit.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies subcommittee (CJS), announced $3.6 million in grants from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to help low-income, veterans and military families in 25 states for legal services.

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LSC is the largest provider of civil legal services to low income residents in the nation.  As part of his committee responsibilities Fattah directs funding of the LSC.

The grants - funded through LSC's Technology Initiative Grants (TIG) program - will focus on three areas: the development of online intake systems; better access to web-based resources for clients with limited English skills; and for the expansion of the website which provides resource information for veterans and military families.

Fattah said, "These grants will go a long way to help some of our nation's most vulnerable receive the legal services they need.  It is especially important that our veterans and military families who have served our country well have access to quality legal resources."

According to the LSC, these grants will provide millions of online users with access to documents such as court forms that are required to resolve their legal issues. Additionally, online information will direct users to practical and useful resources to help as they navigate the legal system.

Community programs that offer free legal services have seen an upswing in their client base. LSC says that mostly due to the economy, there is an increase in the number of low-income residents who don't have legal representation.

Click here for a complete listing of the grant recipients.



SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah