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Funding Plunges at Mass. Agencies, Cuts in Legal Aid Hit Poorest

August 6, 2009
By Jenifer B. McKim, Globe Staff 
A dramatic drop in funding is forcing legal aid programs across Massachusetts to lay off lawyers, cut back their office hours, and turn away a growing number of people who cannot afford to pay for legal help.
Tens of thousands of people statewide who would normally qualify for free assistance this year will not get it, according to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, a quasipublic agency that administers most of the funding for the state's legal aid programs.

Raising the bar: Private lawyers asked to donate money to financially strapped Legal Assistance Corp.

August 3, 2009
WORCESTER — The agency that provides free legal services in noncriminal matters to the poor and elderly of Central Massachusetts is reaching out to the local bar for financial help as it grapples with a budget crisis of unprecedented proportions. 

Legal services needed for immigrants in Milford

January 24, 2009
BOSTON — Many immigrants in town may not have access to legal services because of language barriers or lack of money, but a Worcester legal agency would like to change that.
The Legal Assistance Corp. of Central Massachusetts, which provides free legal services to low-income residents of Worcester County, has sent an attorney to reach out to the town's Ecuadorean and Brazilian immigrants.

Legal Assistance Corporation sues Worcester landlords for illegal housing discrimination

January 16, 2009
WORCESTER— The Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts (LACCM) recently filed a housing discrimination lawsuit in Worcester Housing Court against landlords Ming Wei Le and Wei Gu, who own a rental apartment in Worcester. The suit was filed on behalf of Agnes Marti. The suit alleges that the landlords discriminated against Ms. Marti when they refused to let her rent their Bowdoin Street apartment solely because she had a young child.