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This report is the product of an effort of the DC Consortium of Legal Services Providers (“Consortium”) to learn from low income DC residents about the challenges they face and the barriers that prevent them from overcoming poverty by asking them, directly, about their most pressing problems.The Community Listening Project was envisioned as a companion to the DC Access to Justice Commission’s forthcoming report on unmet legal needs of low-income residents of the District of Columbia. Both the Community Listening Project and the Access to Justice Commission’s legal needs study are intended to provide critical information to enable the community, and civil legal aid providers in particular, to make difficult decisions regarding representation and advocacy objectives and the allocation of scarce resources.



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