2018 Accomplishments

With your support, we are changing lives and strengthening Western North Carolina.

  • Pisgah Legal Services helped more than 16,000 low-income people to meet basic needs in 2018.
  • PLS helped more than 6,400 children avoid homelessness, escape abuse, and secure essentials.
  • PLS helped more than 6,400 people escape domestic violence
  • PLS helped more than 2,900 people to stabilize housing and prevent homelessness.


PLS secured more than $18 million in quantifiable benefits for clients, including:

With an operating budget of $4.3 million budget, this is more than a 4:1 return on investment

  • $1,272,942 in disability income benefits for people with disabilities
  • $2,530,531 estimated in Medicaid benefits, payable to WNC medical providers
  • $7,280,791 in monetary benefits for clients, such as: home equity preserved from foreclosure, child support payments for victims of domestic violence, or unemployment compensation.
  • $7,199,959 estimated in health insurance premium tax credits for households served directly.

Private attorneys and office volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours helping PLS clients, providing pro bono services and supporting PLS staff.

More than 300 volunteer attorneys donated 3,993 professional hours to help PLS clients.

ACA Navigator volunteers donated more than 1,539 volunteer hours.

Pisgah Legal Services succeeds in efforts to alleviate poverty.

Preventing Evictions and Homelessness
As one way to address the issue of homelessness, Pisgah Legal Services established the Courthouse Project. PLS Attorneys set up space in the Buncombe County Courthouse and review the docket of upcoming eviction cases to pre-screen potential clients. Every day that eviction court is held, an attorney is on hand to provide much needed legal advice – knowledge that most people just don’t have. By having a presence in the courthouse, PLS is helping people right where they are, when they need it most.

Increasing Economic Opportunity
Pisgah Legal’s Community Economic Development project supports local, community-based work with technical assistance, legal servies and education. This year, PLS moved forward community initiatives that will increase economic opportunity and housing security, such as collaborating with local government in Rutherford County to secure a $650,000 grant for housing repairs for low-income homeowners, partnering with local nonprofit Green Opportunities to develop a for-profit funding arm and helping to establish the Community Land Trust in Buncombe County.

Continuing Advocacy for Immigrants
With a team of two immigration attorneys, bilingual staff, volunteer attorneys and interpreters, PLS continued its immigration work across 18 counties in by holding Emergency Preparedness Clinics, helping young people renew their protections under DACA and providing legal aid to help eligible low-income immigrants secure legal status.

Click here to access the one-page 2018 Impact Report