CHALLENGES TO OUR MISSION

TODAY & IN THE FUTURE

Over the past 50 years, legal aid in Dayton—like most nonprofit organizations—has faced its share of challenges to maintaining access to justice. Today, however, there is more pressure than ever as the need for services grows.

1,976

INDIVIDUALS SEEKING HELP

Lack of resources required ABLE and LAWO to turn away 1,976 individuals seeking legal help in 2016 alone.

36%

LIVE IN POVERTY

The current and future need for ABLE and LAWO's services is significant: it is estimated that most of the Dayton residents who live in poverty will need legal help at some point during the year.

43%

DECREASE IN FUNDING

Government funding for ABLE and LAWO has decreased more than 43 percent due to the economic downturn in 2008 and historic low interest rates, which have resulted in drastic program cuts.

UNCERTAIN TIMES FOR
LEGAL AID FUNDING
OHIO LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION (OLAF) AND LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION (LSC)* COMBINED FUNDING FOR LAWO AND ABLE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY FROM 2007 TO 2016
*Two major funders of legal aid. LSC funds only LAWO.
Legal Aid Funding