Senator Lesser Welcomes $8 Million Grant for Legal Assistance to Victims of Violent Crime
Includes funding for Community Legal Aid in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD — On Wednesday, Senator Eric P. Lesser welcomed the announcement by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) that it had awarded a two-year, $8 million grant to fund legal aid throughout Massachusetts.
MOVA awarded the grant to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, which funds legal aid clinics across the state, including Community Legal Aid in Springfield.
“Thanks to this grant, Community Legal Aid will be able to take on a bigger caseload, helping victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. With this legal help, more people will have a friend in their corner. They will be able to find justice and finally get a fresh start for their future,” said Senator Lesser.
Community Legal Aid provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. Services are provided locally and free of charge, and are accessible to children, elders, non-English speakers and people with disabilities.
In July, Senator Lesser sponsored a budget amendment to increase state funding to MOVA by $95,000. The funding ultimately made it into the final budget.