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Legal help available for low-income women

Staff Report • Feb 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM

KNOXVILLE — Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) has been awarded a $10,000 grant to provide legal representation to low-income women in Washington County, Tenn.

This grant is provided through the Harris Fund for Washington County, a fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. The award provides support for LAET’s Access to Civil Justice Project for Women.

“The lack of adequate civil legal representation is a crisis for low-income women in Washington County,” said David R. Yoder, executive director for Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

“This grant will provide representation to 25 women facing legal crises such as domestic violence, homelessness due to unlawful eviction or foreclosure, and wrongful denial of Unemployment Compensation Benefits.”

Since 1995, the Harris Fund for Washington County has awarded more than 210 grants totaling $527,460 to organizations in Washington County.

The two-year grant period began Feb. 1. For more information on this program, call LAET’s Johnson City office at (423) 928-8311.

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