As brave men and women have taken to the streets to express their outrage over the death of George Floyd and the continued systemic oppression of Black Americans, we at Legal Services Alabama join them in saying that it is time for a change. It is time for a change to a system that promises justice, fairness, and hope to all Americans instead of denying it to so many based on the color of their skin. LSA understands that, although our mission is to pursue justice for all low-income people, there can be no economic or social justice without racial justice.
LSA understands that, because of systemic racism, Black Alabamians have battled generation after generation of barriers to education, jobs, housing, and voting, that do not exist for their white counterparts. These systemic failures have produced a series of ongoing disparities resulting in black people in our state facing higher rates of poverty and hunger, lower life expectancies, and lower rates of employment and health insurance coverage. The COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest issue to wreak havoc disproportionately on Black Alabamians.
LSA condemns racism, bigotry, sexism, and all forms of discrimination. We provide legal services to clients regardless of their race, sex, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. We condemn violence. We value all people and believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. All people should feel safe to live and work free from violence or the threat of violence.
The LSA Staff unite to reaffirm our commitment to being part of the change that includes full inclusion, equality, and justice for all. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Allied with our staff and clients, LSA stands up to this challenge. We believe that advancing equality and inclusion are fundamental to the success of Alabama and the nation.
LSA serves low-income people by providing civil legal aid and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty.
Our offices are located in Anniston/Gadsden, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Selma and Tuscaloosa. LSA offices handle civil cases only. Each office has lawyers licensed to practice in Alabama and other staff who know how to help low-income people resolve their legal problems.
Legal protection from abuse
Child custody and child support
Safety plans with employers
Food Stamps and other benefits
Resources to stabilize daily life for you and your children
Information about ways to become self-sufficient
Advice and support to help you make lasting changes in your life
Community partnerships with other agencies and organizations to widen your network of services
Education to raise awareness about issues related to domestic and family violence
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Understand your legal rights and responsibilities
Make your family economically stable
Keep your home
Preserve and expand affordable housing
Promote family, social and economic stability
Reduce the effects of poverty
Payday lending abuse
Find relief from high-interest payday loans
Defend against unlawful repossession
Protect against unlawful collection
Work out debt repayment plans
Improve financial literacy and stability
Build and retain assets
Change conditions, and change lives!
– Community Re-entry (Voter Rights Restoration Education)
– Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)
– Disaster Relief