Posted July 26, 202210:09 am
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Hello from Legal Aid! Legal Aid is available in person, by phone and online to meet our clients’ needs. Applicants can now schedule a call back time when they apply online for legal assistance. Please see more highlights below and reach out with any questions or requests. We look forward to hearing from you!
Spotlight on kinship care and custody resources – July 28 at 12:30 PM
Legal Aid's Family Law team offers helpful resources related to custody and custodial rights. Visit our website to view our digital library of family law information and resources. This week during our July 28th “Lunch with Legal Aid” program on Facebook Live we’re focusing on kinship care issues. Join us on Facebook this Thursday at 12:30 PM for a conversation with a Legal Aid Family Law attorney and a Kinship Coordinator at Ashtabula County Children Services.
Brief Advice Clinics across Northeast Ohio! Legal Aid has a full schedule of in-person Brief Advice Clinics planned for August and beyond. In the coming weeks we are hosting clinics in the following locations:
- August 6 at Chagrin Falls Park Community Center
- August 9 at Oberlin Depot
- August 11 at LGBT Community Center Greater Cleveland
- August 13 at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma-Powers Branch
- August 16 at Catholic Charities Ashtabula
- August 20 at Cleveland Public Library, Union Branch
- August 23 at El Centro in Lorain
Spread the word about our clinics:
We continue to host regular Expungement Clinics – for those who need assistance sealing an Ohio criminal record. Call 888-817-3777 to schedule an Expungement Clinic appointment.
Legal Advice for Creatives – August 11 at 4:00 PM
Legal Aid is pleased to partner with the Assembly for the Arts and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts to present a free workshop for creative folks! The session will cover legal resources available for artists, along with information about how creatives can protect their intellectual property. Learn more and register today.
Please share the following community resources and updates with your network:
SNAP Interim Reports to Resume
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has resumed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) interim reports. Interim reports are a form that is completed by benefit recipients every 6 months to demonstrate continued SNAP eligibility. Since the beginning of the pandemic, interim reports have been waived, with annual eligibility reviews still ongoing. However, with the interim reporting process resuming, SNAP benefit recipients should watch their mail for these reports. Interim report forms must be returned by the deadline to avoid losing SNAP benefits.
HEAP Summer Crisis Program
The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides a one-time benefit to eligible Ohioans with cooling assistance during the summer months. The program runs from July 1 to September 30. Ohioans can call their local utility assistance provider to make an appointment to apply for the summer crisis program. Local utility assistance providers can be found here.
Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program
Step Forward’s Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) assists eligible residents with water and wastewater bills. Learn more about program eligibility and how to schedule an appointment.
Thank you for your partnership in striving for justice throughout Northeast Ohio. As always, please reach out with any questions or ideas!
Anne K. Sweeney
Managing Attorney for Community Engagement
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Rights. Dignity. Justice.