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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support, Legal Services, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: To provide civil legal services for economically disadvantaged persons in the appalachian mountains of western north carolina.

Programs: Domestic violence and child abuse prevention services: in 2014, pisgah legal services provided legal advice and representation to help more than 4,000 low-income victims of domestic violence and their children escape abuse and rebuild their lives. Staff and volunteer attorneys help abuse victims secure court protective orders to improve their safety, and also address issues such as housing, income, division of marital property, child custody, and consumer proetection so that victims can establish a new life independent of their abusers.

children's law project: in 2014, pisgah legal services impacted the lives of more than 5,500 disadvantaged and/or abused children (including some mentioned in 4a and 4c). Pisgah legal services prevents homelessness, stops abuse and neglect, and secures essential services, such as health care for children. The children's law project helps stabilize children's lives so that they can thrive in school and have hope for a better future.

homelessness prevention services: in 2014, pisgah legal services provided legal advice and representation to help more than 4,600 people resolve housing problems and avoid homelessness. Staff and volunteer attorneys prevent evictions and foreclosures, improve substandard and dangerous housing conditions, and secure housing subsidies for very low-income people.

in 2014, pisgah legal services helped a total of more than 14,000 low-income people in the appalachian mountains of western north carolina (wnc) to meet their basic needs, including housing, health care and safety from abuse. Pisgah legal service's main service area includes six wnc counties and it provides limited services in seventeen counties. In addition to the projects focused on domestic violence prevention, children's law and homelessness prevention (described in 4a-4c), pisgah legal services has five other major programs (described below) and several smaller programs: disability assistance project: helps people with disabilities access medical care and subsistence income and avoid homelessness. Elder law project: helps seniors live independently in their homes as long as possible. Protects seniors from financial or physical abuse or harassment. Assists with end-of-life planning. Health education and legal support project (heals): helps patients of mission hospital and other hospitals and clinics address urgent issues, such as domestic violence and housing, which impact their health. Heals also includes affordable care act assistance provided to help people understand and purchase affordable health insurance in the six counties of western north carolina. Justice for all project: helps eligible immigrants comply with technical requirements to work legally and become citizens. It also addresses other basic needs so that immigrants may lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Mountain area volunteer lawyer project: recruits, trains and coordinates 220+ volunteer lawyers to provide pro bono legal services to pisgah legal services clients. Pisgah legal services provides holistic services to its very low-income clients, often tackling several issues per client in order to help them make lasting improvements in their lives. Pisgah legal services advocates for systemic and policy changes related to problems of poverty. Pisgah legal services has successfully advocated for policies that have reduced homelessness, increased the safety of domestic violence victims and increased access to health care for indigent patients. For more information about pisgah legal services, see www. Pisgahlegal. Org.

Community Stories

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Client Served

Rating: 1

Pisgah legal is not here for you, do not believe any of there t stories if they not make no money well then u gona get shited on. They say they are here for the public but me and a few folks I know have needed them and they never help do not call them they suck they work for the state they don't give a darn about anyone



Rating: 5

For more than 30 years, Pisgah Legal Services has pursued justice by providing civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people. For our clients, justice is not just an abstract ideal. It is food, shelter and protection. Every day we receive dozens of phone calls from people who: - are about to be evicted from their home; - are trying to escape domestic violence; - have been denied access to health care; - need food, utilities, subsistence income and other essentials. For these people, only an attorney can solve their problem, and Pisgah Legal Services is the only resource for the civil legal help they need. We have also: Partnered with dozens of other agencies to provide comprehensive services for people in crisis; Maximized resources by leveraging the pro bono services of more than 300 area attorneys; and Earned a reputation for management excellence and good stewardship of charitable resources. In 2009, we served 10,122 low-income people, helping them stay in their homes, get access to health care, and find protection from domestic abuse.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, My name is Elmira. I want to tell how thankfull i am for the help from this great organization! I've been blessed to meet Ana Corson - former staff of Pisgal Legal Services and i received so much help and compassion. This great organization helped me out from domestic violence. Ana Corson helped me to go through hard time in my life and she helped me out so much. They gave me a second chance in life. I've never met such such good people who wants to help you just because God gave them passion for this job. I will definitely keep in touch with Pisgah Legal Services and will donate as much as i can. Their job - it's a great mission and i want to be a part of it.