2023 Accomplishments

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Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a nonprofit organization that provides a broad array of free, civil legal aid, anti-poverty advocacy and access to health care to people with low incomes in Western North Carolina.

23,513 people were helped by PLS in 2023.

More than 7,186 of them were children.*


Priority Areas

HOUSING 4,363 people helped to stabilize housing and prevent homelessness

SAFETY 6,957 people helped to escape domestic abuse and rebuild their lives

HEALTH 5,532 people assisted to increase their access to health care, including ACA health insurance

INCOME 5,865 people helped to increase their basic income, including free tax aid

*Includes all household members, cases closed and pending and those served through NC Medicaid Ombudsman. Some may be helped and counted more than once.


$24+ million was secured in quantifiable benefits, including:

  • $2,983,412 in benefits for people with disabilities
  • $1,204,050 tax refunds secured
  • $1,778,829 estimated in Medicaid and Medicare benefits, payable to WNC medical providers
  • $8,344,533 in monetary benefits for clients, such as home equity preserved from foreclosure, child support, etc.
  • $4,477,991 estimated health insurance premium tax credits
  • $739,750 value of pro bono hours donated
  • $4,827,216 estimated value of healthcare benefits from clients eligible under Medicaid Expansion

Special thanks to the volunteer attorneys and community members donated close to 12,000 hours of their time in 2023.