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Christian Legal Collaborative, Inc.

Helping our community-- with the help of our community-- the whole community  

Income Eligibility

Services by the CLC are provided to low and modest income persons, non-profits, and other small businesses, on a sliding scale fee basis. Persons who cannot afford "market rate representation" (full price attorneys-- often several hundred dollars per hour) and who also are not eligible for traditional Legal Aid, are able to apply for services at the CLC. (See the NEED sub page to learn more about the access to justice gap.)

Fees are calculated from the Federal Poverty Guidelines. However, where Legal Aid is required by the Legal Services Corporation (governmental funding) to decline persons that are over income (typically that make over 125% of the Guidelines, except where qualifying debt brings them within 200% of the Guidelines), CLC aims to still serve those persons as we do not accept the governmental funding that requires us to decline these persons.

In fact, where legal staff remains available, persons may be served that earn up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Remember, however, that clients at the CLC will pay a fee for their services, based on the amount of their income. Also, priority will be given to those who only make 200% of the Guidelines or less. This may mean that in times of lesser funding or in times of fewer volunteers, those persons earning between 200%-300% of the Guidelines may be denied services at the CLC based on their income, even though they remain willing to pay for services according to our sliding fee scale. This is because of the unfortunate truth that there are just not enough lawyers to represent low income persons in need of legal services.

If YOU want to help the CLC ensure that more members of our community can access justice, please see our SPONSORSHIP page to find out how to donate your time, talent, or treasure.