Published by: Maryland Access to Justice Commission (MDATJ). Published in January 2013.
This report found that civil legal aid provided significant economic benefit to the state of Maryland. The impact of legal aid included:
- Federal funding and other financial benefits secured for state residents;
- Systemic changes resulting in savings for state residents;
- Prevention of costs and losses to the state caused by homelessness and domestic violence; and,
- Increased tax revenue from residents that remained in the work force after legal support was provided.
Part One: Financial Benefits to Individual Clients
- $9,904,385 in Federal revenue directed to Maryland residents.
- $12,684,526 in Federal stimulus directed to state and local economies.
- $10,772,881 in other financial benefits for low-income Maryland residents.
Part Two: Economic Impact of Systemic Advocacy
- New legislation and rule changes protecting tenants in foreclosures, securing tenants housing estimated to value at $22 million.
- A limitation on attorney fees related to tax sale foreclosures, saving Maryland homeowners an estimated $136 million a year. New emergency housing secured for homeless women valued at $154,000.
- Improved timeliness of food stamps and other emergency benefits, yielding approximately $3 million for Maryland residents in need.
Part Three: Indirect Economic Benefits Resulting in Revenue and Savings for Maryland
- Grantees kept 376 Maryland residents in the work force, providing an estimated $882,096 in state and local tax revenue.
- Grantees helped 960 persons avoid homelessness, saving Maryland approximately $3,696,000 in shelter costs.
- Grantees support for domestic violence victims lead to an estimated 4,802 assaults avoided, resulting in approximately $633,839 saved in medical costs and $705,894 in productivity gains.