Our grants and other support for nearly 40 legal aid nonprofits promote access to justice and remove barriers for people facing poverty, abuse, and discrimination.
Philadelphia has the worst poverty rate of the largest U.S. cities.
28% of Philadelphians – over 430,000 people – live below the federal poverty level. This includes 39 percent (135,000) of children, 27 percent (265,000) of work-age adults, and 17 percent (32,000) of seniors.
Only 1 in 5 (20%) of low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia receive the civil legal assistance needed for crucial problems affecting their lives.
In landlord-tenant disputes, for example, less than 10% of tenants are represented by lawyers, but over 80% of landlords have legal representation.