VT Digger | October 26, 2016

Grant Funds More Legal Services for Vermonters Facing Eviction, Debt Collection

Vermont Legal Aid’s partner organization, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont (Law Line) has received a two-year $246,034 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant from the Legal Services Corporation to organize and manage clinics that focus on housing and debt collection cases in several counties. The grant provides an important opportunity for Vermonters who usually have to represent themselves in court against opponents who are represented by attorneys.

“The whole state of Vermont benefits when more Vermonters live in safe, healthy, and stable housing,” said Sam Abel-Palmer, Law Line’s interim executive director. “Children perform better in school, and families require fewer emergency health services. We look forward to being able to expand the successful housing clinic we’ve developed in Chittenden County to strengthen individuals and their communities in other counties. And we’re excited to have the opportunity to develop a new clinic focused on those whose lives and, in some cases, ability to earn a living are being impacted by unscrupulous debt collection practices.”