New Legal Aid Office Opens in Alpine

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NEW LEGAL AID OFFICE OPENS IN ALPINE

ALPINE, Texas – January 29, 2009 – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), the leading provider of legal aid in Texas, has opened an office in Alpine dedicated to helping low-income residents of west Texas with their civil legal needs.  The office will serve Brewster, Presidio, Jeff Davis, Reeves, Pecos, Culberson, and Hudspeth counties.

The new office acts as a complement to TRLA’s office in El Paso in serving the west Texas community.  TRLA helps low-income residents with legal problems related to more than thirty-nine different areas including divorce, child custody, housing, taxes, employment, and civil rights.  TRLA’s services are free and available to clients who meet income-based eligibility guidelines.

According to TRLA Executive Director David Hall, “TRLA has always had a sincere commitment to serving the people of west Texas.  Our new office will give the Trans-Pecos area easier access to fighting for justice and navigating the legal system.”

Approximately twenty percent of families in west Texas live below the poverty line.  With the current economic crisis and thousands of people losing their jobs everyday, that number will only increase throughout 2009.  With some attorneys charging more than $200 an hour for legal help, TRLA is often the only place that low-income Texans can turn to for help with their legal needs.

Residents living in the Alpine area have always been able to apply for free legal services by calling TRLA’s toll-free hotline at 1-888-988-9996.  With the opening of the new office, residents will now be able to schedule appointments with the Alpine staff to review their legal issues.  The office can be reached at 432.837.1199.

Added Hall, “The need to serve west Texas has never been greater.  Our new office will go a long way towards our efforts to increase access to justice for low-income Texans.”

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality legal assistance and related educational services.

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