We believe that there should be fairness, justice and equality for all, and, that if we can instill more fairness in our society, there will be less poverty.
Our mission is to ensure that state and federal laws affecting poor people are upheld, while also addressing the systemic barriers to justice faced by Mainers with low incomes.
To achieve our mission, we provide free civil legal assistance in cases where it can make a difference in one’s ability to meet one’s basic human needs or in enforcing one’s basic human rights, including access to housing, food, income, safety, education, and healthcare.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance is committed to making the justice system more accessible for all Mainers, regardless of income, using three effective strategies:
We continually assess the most pressing civil legal problems facing low-income Mainers. Our board of directors regularly reviews our program priorities. Our current priorities are:
Because our resources are limited, we generally restrict direct legal aid to individuals and families whose household’s annual adjusted gross income is at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. View our Financial Eligibility Guidelines.
Pine Tree Legal Assistance is a nonprofit organization, recognized as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS and as a public charity in the State of Maine. Pine Tree receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation (federal appropriation), the State of Maine (including a general Appropriation, allocations from the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund, and State contracts), the Maine Justice Foundation (including IOLTA), the Campaign for Justice, United Ways, other federal grants, and generous support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors. To learn more about our organization, visit the Transparency and Accountability section of our donor page.