Eligibility for ERLS is different depending on the type of services requested. There are several factors we examine when determining eligibility. Please note, we can often make exceptions to these rules, so be sure to call for an official eligibility screening, even if you have doubts about qualifying. The main basic eligibility criteria is as follows:
Income: ERLS can only accept clients with a household income within 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. In some cases, we can accept clients with a household income is 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Income is calculated based upon the gross income household earnings of the applicant, and the number of persons in the household. Non-exempt assets may also be considered in qualifying applicants for our services. Income must be proven prior to case acceptance. Some of our program services are not income sensitive. These include Seniors and Veterans.
Area of Residence: To qualify for services at ERLS you must be a resident of one of the following South Dakota counties: Minnehaha, Lincoln, Brown, Brookings, Codington, Yankton, Davison, Beadle, Union, Clay, Lake, Turner, Hutchinson, Bon Homme, Moody, Spink, Hamlin, McCook, Day, Kingsbury, Marshall, Deuel, Edmunds, Clark, Hanson, Hand, Douglas, Aurora, McPherson, Sanborn, Faulk, Miner, and Jerauld.
Citizenship/Immigration Status: Clients must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident (with some limited exceptions). Permanent Legal Residents must show official residence card at the time of an appointment. Services Disclaimer
ERLS’ ability to provide legal assistance is subject to change based on the availability of staff and volunteers. While an applicant may be financially eligible for our services, ERLS reserves the right to deny or limit services based on program resources and program priorities.