The Center for Applied Urban Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (CAUR) was contacted in the summer of 1980 by the Legal Aid Society of Omaha about the possibilities of obtaining assistance with a research project. In an initial letter, the director of Le·gal Aid stated the purpose of the proposed project:
Our goal in conducting the survey is to obtain as much information as possible to determine the most pressing problems facing poor people in our community.
Frost, Murray and Holley, Joan V., "Analysis of Legal Aid Society Survey" (1981). Publications Archives, 1963-2000. 138.