How does ULS decide who to help?


ULS receives thousands of requests for assistance.  Left unresolved, these problems can cost society much more than the cost of legal services to address them.

ULS annually assesses client and community need, as well as the availability of ULS and other resources to meet that need.  Based on this information, priorities are outlined for the coming year.  Throughout the state, the highest priorities center on those areas crucial to the everyday survival needs of the poor, namely food, shelter, personal safety, the safety net income maintenance programs, and health care. 

In the 2006, ULS and the “and Justice for all” Foundation completed a statewide civil legal needs assessment using 1100 plus face-to-face interviews from several population groups that may face disparate access barriers.  The final analytical report was published in early 2007.  This detailed, deep field-based assessment is used to help determine our client’s areas of greatest need.  We annually build upon this effort by conducting client satisfaction surveys and surveys of other service providers and the courts to identify the greatest legal needs of the low-income population.  An update of the report, through additional surveys and community focus groups is being performed in 2015 and 2016.  

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