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Impact Report

Number of times VLA asked for help and what was delivered. Table follows.

  • In 2021, we had 23,808 new requests for help.*
  • We represented 6,222 Vermonters.
  • We provided vital legal information and referrals to 13,175 Vermonters.
  • Our projects could not help the caller 3,791 times because we were unable to connect with the caller, they were not eligible for help under our grants, or they needed legal help in an area that we do not practice in.

* These figures include statistics from both Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont (LSV), our statewide legal services partner.

Requests for help by legal category - FY2021

Number of requests for help in 8 categories. Table follows.

Table of Requests for Help
Category of client’s problem Requests
Housing issues, evictions and foreclosure 7,250
Health care access 3,919
Individual rights and disability rights 2,612
Family issues, divorce and abuse 2,600
Government benefits problems 1,589
Consumer problems and debt 994
Employment issues and unemployment 975
Miscellaneous / other legal problems 3,869
Total 23,808

Legal services funding is a sound investment

The Vermont Bar Foundation commissioned a study which found the state gets a return of $11 of every $1 put toward legal services. Read the findings of the Vermont Bar Foundation report.

Graph that shows 6 million dollars in funding has 66.4 million in impact on Vermont.

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