MLAC asked the legislature to provide $41 million for civil legal aid in the FY23 state budget through line item 0321-1600. This amount was included in the FY23 Final Budget of the Commonwealth, signed into law by Governor Baker in July 2022.
Civil legal aid organizations in Massachusetts provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in a variety of cases, including housing, employment, education, health care, and family law, among others. Below are a series of fact sheets that detail the types of cases closed in each issue area, as well as ways civil legal aid helps specific groups of clients.
- Family Law and Domestic Violence
- Health Care
- Income Maintenance
- Immigrants and Refugees
- Older Adults