The Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation (MCLSC) chartered on May 1, 2004, covers five (5) historic programs: Central Mississippi Legal Services (CMLS), Southwest Mississippi Legal Services (SWMLS), East Mississippi Legal Services (EMLS), South Mississippi Legal Services (SMLS) and Southeast Mississippi Legal Services (SEMLS).
The administrative office is located in Hattiesburg, MS with the State Initiatives office located in Jackson, MS. There are five (5) service offices, which are located in Jackson, McComb, Hattiesburg, Meridian, and Gulfport. Satellite offices are located in Natchez, Vicksburg, and Pascagoula.
To enhance access to services, the program has established a Call Center. Persons seeking assistance should call 1-800-498-1804. Financial eligibility is based on income (total receipts before taxes) of all persons who are resident members of the household. Total receipts include money (wages and salaries, income before any deduction) and regular payments from public assistance (Social Security, SSI, TANF, etc.) of all persons who are resident members of and contribute to the support of the family unit. The threshold for eligibility is 125% of poverty. Given the economic crises, our financial eligibility guidelines have been increased so the program may accept cases for persons where household income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. At 125% of poverty, income for a household of 4 is approximately $28,813; at 200% of poverty, income for a household of 4 is approximately $46,100.