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May 2021 News for Community Partners from Legal Aid

Posted May 18, 2021
3:00 am

We provided this update to community partners and public officials this week with updates on events and other newsworthy items. 

If you are on-staff at a local organization or with a government agency, email us with a request to join the mailing list.  Include your name, title, organization and email in the note. You will begin receiving Legal Aid's bi-weekly updates upon receipt. 

Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program
On May 12th, the Federal Communications Commission initiated a new program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service. The Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program provides eligible households with:

  • Up to $50 per month for broadband service;
  • Up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time stipend of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes between $10 and $50 toward the purchase price.

Want to learn more? Click here for more information.

Anti-Racism in Health Care Survey
The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition is conducting a survey about discrimination in the healthcare system. Click here to complete the survey – and please circulate this link with your networks and on social media.

COVID Vaccinations for Latinx Community
May 22 @ 1:00 pm
El Centro (1st floor) 2800 Pearl Ave, Lorain, OH  44055
El Centro is hosting a private vaccination clinic for immigrants and the Latinx community:  by appointment only, safe space, Spanish language providers and no ID required.  Anyone who wants to schedule a vaccine appointment should contact Thelma Cruz at 440.240.7025 or at This clinic will be offering the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Cleveland Chain Reaction – Applications Open
The fourth season of the small business pitch competition “Cleveland Chain Reaction” is now accepting applications from small business owners interested in locating or growing their business in the city. Applications will be accepted through June 18th. For more information and to apply, click here.

Reminder: Cuyahoga County Consumer Debt Defense Program
Legal Aid and the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court have teamed up to lead a new Consumer Debt Defense program offering free legal assistance to those struggling with debt. For more information, contact the Court Resource Center at 216-443-8204 or email: Click here for a printable flyer to share, too!

BrightTALK: Medical-Legal Partnerships to Improve Community Health Event
May 18 @ 11:00 am
Nearly two decades ago, Legal Aid and MetroHealth created the first medical-legal partnership in Ohio. Today, Northeast Ohio is a national leader in holistic medical-legal partnerships. Learn more about these important programs that improve community health at a May 18th webinar hosted by the Center for Health Affairs. Legal Aid attorneys Katie Feldman and Jennifer Kinsley will be on the panel. Register here to join this free conversation.

Life & The Law - Conversations About Your Rights
May 20 @ 10:00 am
Tune in to Legal Aid and WOVU’s next “Life and the Law” radio show on May 20th at 10:00am. Legal Aid attorney Deborah Dallman will join host TC Lewis to share important legal information and answer listener questions about public benefits. Visit this link to stream the conversation through your web browser. You can also download the WOVU 95.9 FM app on Google Play or the App Store, or simply tune to 95.9 FM on your radio dial.

Legal Aid at the Library – LIVE on Facebook
May 25 @ 5:00 pm
This May 25 session is focused on eviction help and rent assistance in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties.  Legal Aid and Cleveland Library staff will be in conversation with housing attorneys from Legal Aid. We'll highlight eviction defense work, details on local rent assistance, and more. Click on this link to visit the event page to join us.

June Expungement Clinic
June 7
Do you serve clients who face barriers to opportunity because of a criminal record? Legal Aid will be hosting our next monthly expungement clinic on June 7. Click here to learn more, and please share.

Legal Education Brochures
Legal Aid has plenty of brochures available for you to distribute to your clients and networks.  We are happy to send you materials related to COVID legal issues, free eviction help, or anything else from our brochure library.  Just email me back with your request!

As always, please reach out if you have any questions.


Anne K. Sweeney

Managing Attorney for Community Engagement

Direct: 216.861.5242
Main: 216.861.5500

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
1223 West 6th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113






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