Now offering assistance to those needing to access unemployment benefits

(May 12, 2020) ST. LOUIS – More than 450,000 Missourians have filed for unemployment since March. Nationwide, more than 30 million Americans have filed for the new unemployment benefits available to more unemployed workers under the CARES Act.

In response to this overwhelming need for assistance, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has expanded its services to help people with the unemployment benefits application process.

“Beginning, May 11th people can call for help submitting unemployment applications, responding to denials of benefits and to get general questions answered,” said Dan Glazier, Executive Director and General Counsel of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. “We have always helped with unemployment appeals and other issues, but during this COVID-19 crisis we are expanding our services to help more people gain access to the benefits they need.” Glazier noted. In these difficult times, Legal Services is also providing assistance with applications for food stamps and helping with landlord-tenant disputes, access to healthcare coverage and other non-criminal legal matters.

To see if you qualify for FREE legal help with any of these issues, or for more information about the new CARES Act benefits, call 314.534.4200 in the St. Louis region or 800.444.0514 for those in our extended service area, including Union and Hannibal. You may also visit or for additional information and resources.


About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 64 years. In 2019, 30,000 people in
21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit