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Action Alert: Basic needs are at risk due to COVID-19
Protect free legal services that protect individuals and families in need.

We are in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 crisis has put incredible pressure on our state’s budget. State lawmakers are considering reducing funds for programs that are vital to families experiencing poverty or with low-income, including the free legal services offered by NYLAG. This reduction in funding will devastate families, children, and individuals who have sunk further into poverty due to the pandemic.

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Who Will Be Harmed By Cuts To Free Legal Services?

As New York prepares for a budget crisis and proposed spending cuts, the funding that NYLAG relies on to provide expert legal services to those who need them most is in jeopardy, impacting:

  • the immigrant essential worker

  • the single mother who was working a low-wage job and was laid off

  • the grandfather battling cancer with a devastating reduction in Managed Long-Term-Care hours

  • the family unable to pay rent for months due to loss of income

  • the domestic violence survivor and their children isolated at home with their abuser

This funding threat is happening as desperate calls to our NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline are increasing, and once courts reopen, the need will only become even greater.

Any cuts to civil legal services funding will impact our ability to serve at a time of overwhelming need. We need your help to continue fighting alongside our clients by supporting them with legal services at no cost to them. Can we count on you?

Donate now below and your donation is matched! A supporter has generously agreed to match all donations up to $25,000 until June 30th!

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In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are still working hard and our intake lines are open, but please note that our physical office is closed.

During these unprecedented times, we’ve launched a free NY COVID-19 Legal Resources Hotline and compiled the latest legal and financial counseling updates.