Pisgah Legal Services still helping those in need

Press release from Pisgah Legal Services:

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS), a nonprofit that provides free, civil legal aid in Western North Carolina, remains open and continues to provide help for people with low incomes during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The staff is now working remotely, helping clients and taking new applications for assistance with critical needs that include evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, coping with debts, unemployment and other government benefits, and health care.

PLS Executive Director Jim Barrett says, “Pisgah Legal Services continues to serve existing clients and is also available to people in our mountain communities with new and urgent needs related to the COVID-19 outbreak. In this time of uncertainty, we expect that many more people will have legal needs related to shelter, health, safety from abuse and economic security. We are committed to meeting those needs.”

He continues, “At the same time, we are taking steps to limit community spread and ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors. We have worked quickly to put technology and training in place that allows Pisgah Legal staff to provide services while working at home.”

Reaching Pisgah Legal Services/Applying for Legal Aid/Other Resources

If you or someone you know needs help, call Pisgah Legal’s main phone lines at 828-253-0406, or 800-489-6144. Online applications are also being accepted at: www.pisgahlegal.org/free-legal-assistance. Pisgah Legal staff and volunteer attorneys will be in touch via phone and/or email.

In addition, Pisgah Legal Services has launched a Resources page on its website (www.pisgahlegal.org) to share updates that include information and resources for folks here in our mountains who are being impacted the most.

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