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February News for Community Partners


Posted February 15, 2022
3:17 pm


We provided this update on local events, community updates, and other newsworthy items to our partners and public officials.

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This February, we continue to navigate snow and 6 more weeks of winter weather (if you rely on the groundhog). Legal Aid is always available by phone and online to meet community needs. Check out the below updates and reach out with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Our in-person Brief Legal Advice Clinics are back! Our staff and volunteer attorneys will be back in the neighborhoods of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties to offer legal advice about civil legal issues related to shelter, safety, consumer rights, health, education, work, or income. Visit the events calendar on our website, or click here to download a flyer to distribute.

WOVU 95.9 FM – February 17 at 10 a.m. WOVU and Legal Aid present: Life & The Law - Conversations About Your Rights, a monthly radio program featuring timely legal topics. On February 17 at 10 a.m., Dennis Dobos, leader of Legal Aid’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, will be live on the radio to share legal information about taxes. Listen live on 95.9 FM, or visit this link to stream the conversation online.

Lunch with Legal Aid – February 24 at 12:30 p.m. Our Facebook Live series, now called “Lunch with Legal Aid,” is held from 12:30-1:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. Join us on February 24 for legal information about taxes. Our partners from the Lorain County Free Tax Prep Coalition will join us. Visit Legal Aid’s YouTube page to check out previous programs.

Legal Aid and United Way’s Right to Counsel work leads to positive outcomes for clients, our community. We’re excited to share results from an independent evaluation showing that legal help at eviction hearings creates real benefit for renters, landlords, and our community! Right to Counsel avoided displacement for 93% of cases in 2021. Find highlights and more information online at FreeEvictionHelpResults.org.

Legal Aid is hiring! Our organization is growing, and we are seeking applicants for a variety of positions, including paralegals, Spanish-speaking intake professionals, and other full-time roles. Please visit the Careers page on our website and share with your networks!

And, please share the following community resources with clients and colleagues:

Tax Preparation Assistance:  A variety of resources are available to help Northeast Ohio residents with tax preparation. Contact 2-1-1 or visit our website for links to tax preparation assistance programs.

Northeast Ohio Winter Utility Assistance: The cold winter months are here. Funds are available to help Ohioans afford utilities like heat. Contact 2-1-1 or visit our website for links to winter utility assistance programs.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District offers programs that may reduce a resident’s sewer and stormwater rates. Visit this link to determine eligibility.

Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services offers emergency assistance. Eligible households can receive a one-time benefit of up to $500 to assist with utility bills, housing or moving expenses, food, and basic necessities. The household must meet income requirements, along with the following eligibility criteria: Cuyahoga County adult aged 60 or older (or age 18–59 with a disability); a hardship impacting income (illness, unemployment, death, etc.); and must become a Division of Senior and Adult Services client to receive the benefit. To apply, contact the Division of Senior and Adult Services at 216-420-6700.

Kudos to The Marshall Project for launching their Cleveland-based series, Testify, shedding light on who’s voting in Cuyahoga County judicial races. While Cleveland residents make up two-thirds of defendants, votes from those residents account for less than a quarter of votes cast in judges’ races. “This means the vote in the predominantly White suburbs in judges’ races effectively carries three times the power of the vote in the majority Black city.” Read the full article on Ideastream Public Media: Who's electing judges in the Cleveland area? Not those ensnared in the system.

Thank you for your partnership in striving for justice throughout Northeast Ohio. As always, please reach out with any questions or ideas!

Sincerely,

Anne K. Sweeney
Managing Attorney for Community Engagement
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Direct: 216.861.5242
Main: 216.861.5500
Email: anne.sweeney@lasclev.org

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