The Monitor – Federal cuts risk civil legal aid for poor people

Project by project, Graciano Arechiga turned a broken-down house into a home his grandchildren could take pride in.

With its rotting walls and roof, the house was little more than a shell when Arechiga moved it onto a small plot of land owned by his daughter in 2009. Arechiga, a 50-year-old migrant farm worker, set to work on repairs: strengthening its frame with new studs, redesigning its interior space and then replacing Sheetrock and adding carpet.

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