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2017 Justice Gap Report: Measuring the Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans

This report is an attempt to help measure the justice gap – the difference between civil legal needs of low-income Americans and their financial ability to meet those needs in 2017. Approximately 2,000 low-income adults were surveyed.

Some of the findings in the report:

  • “In the past year, 86% of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans received inadequate or no legal help

  • 71% of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem in the last year, including problems with health care, housing conditions, disability access, veterans’ benefits, and domestic violence
  • In 2017, low-income Americans will approach LSC-funded legal aid organizations for support with an estimated 1.7 million problems. They will receive only limited or no legal help for more than half of these problems due to a lack of resources
Author: Legal Services Corporation
Title of Work: 2017 Justice Gap Report: Measuring the Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans
Date: 2017
Organization: Legal Services Corporation
URL: Click here https://www.lsc.gov/media-center/publications/2017-justice-gap-report
Topic: Access to Justice & PLE development and delivery
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: United States
Location of Authoring Organization by Province/ State (unless national entity): District of Columbia
Availability: Full report online
Language: English