November 4, 2016
This report by the Florida Bar Foundation provides quantifiable evidence to support the economic argument for civil legal aid. Data collected from the work of 33 organization in Florida indicates that providing pro bono service to low-income individuals results in substantial social and economic returns.
The Florida Bar Foundation estimates that civil legal aid organizations generated $600 million in 2015 with $83 million in funding from sources such as the Legal Services Corporation. Such immense returns demonstrate that funding civil legal aid is an economically valuable policy with the potential for $100,000 of funding to create impact valued at upwards of $700,000. The report also addresses how civil legal aid efforts lower court costs and contribute to the critical campaign of narrowing the justice gap through service to low-income clients. Populations served include victims of domestic violence, veterans, immigrants, and disabled individuals, among others.
Key findings include:
– $264.3 generated in direct dollar benefits to clients and others through outcomes involving access to public benefits, health care reimbursements, child/spousal support, & increased wages
– $60.4 million in cost savings through avoided costs associated with emergency shelter (5%), foreclosure (84%), and domestic violence (11%).
– Multiplier effects calculate that legal aid services generated an additional $274.8 million through stimulation of numerous areas of Florida’s economy
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Data, Research
Publication Type: Discussion Paper, Report
Geographic coverage, US: Florida, STATES
Geographic coverage, World: North America
Topics: Legal Needs | Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic & Social Return on Investment | Needs & Benefits | Social Change | Cross-Cutting Issues | Legal Aid Movement
Case type: Custody/Visitation, Disability Rights, Divorce/Separation, Domestic Abuse, Family, Health, Housing, Immigration/Naturalization, Income Maintenance, Individual Rights, Mortgage Foreclosures, Social Security (not SSDI), SSDI/SSI, Unemployment Compensation, Veterans Benefits
Practice Area: Domestic Violence, Family, Health, Reentry, Veterans
Who Served: Children & Juvenile, Disabled, Immigrants, Veterans, Women
How Provided: Courts, Legal Aid Attorneys, Pro Bono
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LINKS TO RESOURCESEconomic Impacts of CLA Organizations Funded in Part by the Florida Bar Foundation
2016-2017 FBF General Support Grants