A New Effort to Provide Legal Services to the Poor and Elderly

Wyoming – Last October, Wyoming Legal Services lost its federal grant amid financial management concerns and questions about the quality of its work. For close to a year, Wyoming was not getting the bulk of federal funding for civil legal aid. That means low income people who needed legal help with things like bankruptcy, divorce and child custody had a hard time getting it. Last week, a new organization - Legal Aid of Wyoming - got federal approval. The grant totals slightly over 700 thousand dollars per year. But there's a growing belief that low-income people in Wyoming need more than that. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick reports.