YWCA Madison

Letter Supporting funding of the Legal Services Corporation

Letter Supporting funding of the Legal Services Corporation

Monday April 24, 2017


Dear Honorable Members of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation,

YWCA Madison supports full funding of the Legal Services Corporation. We are very concerned that the President’s proposed budget includes eliminating LSC, and we urge you to ensure it is included in the approved final budget.

YWCA Madison works every day to eliminate racism and empower women through programs in housing & shelter, job training & transportation, and race & gender equity. YWCA Madison provides direct services to thousands of Wisconsin residents every year. This includes supporting individuals through operating the largest woman and family shelter in Dane County.

LSC provides more than $5 million in crucial legal services for low income Wisconsin residents every year. Our clients rely on organizations funded by LSC to navigate the legal system and protect their legal rights to housing, employment, and services. One of our clients is a mother with two young children who relied on Legal Action of Wisconsin to win back her Section 8 housing voucher after she was illegally evicted. Had it not been for Legal Action, she and her family would not have had the financial or legal means to stand up against the landlord and system that improperly terminated her housing voucher. Thanks to Legal Action, she was victorious and is now in stable housing with her family.

Her story is one of many like it across Dane County and Wisconsin. Without funding from LSC, we fear thousands of Wisconsin residents may find themselves homeless.

We urge you to fully fund the Legal Services Corporation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Carousel Bayrd, our Policy and Partnership Coordinator, at (608) 395-2196.


Vanessa McDowell
Interim CEO


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