Access to Justice Facts
  • Currently in Texas, there are more than 4 million people living below poverty level. Approximately 5.53 million Texans qualify for legal aid (125% poverty).1
  • To qualify for free civil legal services, an individual must not earn more than $15,175 per year. A family of four must not earn more than $31,375 per year.2
  • Legal aid organizations help more than 150,000 Texas families each year with their civil legal needs.3
  • Texas ranks 47th in access to legal aid lawyers.5
  • There is approximately one legal aid lawyer for every 8,000 Texans who qualify.3
  • Due to a lack of resources,less than 10 percent of the civil legal needs of low-income and poor Texans are being met.6
  • For every one person helped by legal aid, a qualifying individual is turned away.7

Sources:
1 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
3 Texas Access to Justice Foundation
4 State Bar of Texas
5 The Justice Index
6 Texas Access to Justice Foundation
7 Legal Services Corporation

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