2020 Annual Report

Posted on: August 25, 2021

We are pleased to send you the 2020 Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) annual report. Every year, we reflect back on the difference our work makes in the daily lives of the people and communities we serve. The devastating impact of the pandemic on our clients has made our work more important than ever. COVID-19 has presented SLLS with its biggest in challenge yet in creating new and innovative programs to meet the surge in demand to prevent evictions, to stop foreclosues, to combat domestic violence, untangle unemployment benefits, and more. Your support has made an incredible difference in all that we do to stabilize vulnerable families. We are grateful for your leadership in the fight for fairness.

In 2020, SLLS delivered legal help in individual cases to over 14,000 households composed of over 25,000 people. The economic impact of our work topped $22 million. Every dollar invested in civil legal aid generated nearly $9.18 of social return on investment. Some results have no price tag, such as lives saved through our work with domestic violence victims or children protected from abuse. Thousands more Louisianans benefitted from our policy advocacy work fighting for equity such as in the rollout of COVID-19 relief programs. Over 725,000 people obtained vital legal information from our SLLS websiste blog about hot topics like stimulus checks, pandemic unemployment, eviction moratoria, advance child care tax credits, and other urgent matters. Pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students helped us expand the availability of legal aid throughout our twenty-two parish service area.

On behalf of the clients we serve and the team at SLLS, thank you again for your staunch support. It means more now than ever. We hope this report is useful in helping you learn more about how your investment in justice is making an impact. For more frequent updates about our work, like us on Face Book. Or you can always call (504) 529-1000 ext. 270 or email me at ltuggle@slls.org to talk about our program. Thank you again for helping us help others.


Laura Tuggle
Executive Director

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