September 14, 2021
12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Help vulnerable people who face housing instability:
Learn about how to represent tenants fighting eviction in Northeast Ohio from experienced housing attorneys!
Learn the law,
receive helpful information about courts,
and understand commonly used pleadings.
The coronavirus pandemic cast a spotlight on existing inequities and systemic barriers to opportunity in our society – then proceeded to exacerbate these issues. In response, Legal Aid expanded programs and services; increased educational outreach; and intensified advocacy efforts to promote the health, safety, and stability of those in need throughout Northeast Ohio.
Legal Aid especially expanded its housing practice - more attorneys were hired and more volunteers were recruited to help with landlord tenant problems.
This training is for volunteers who want to help with eviction cases in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties, including the special programs in:
- Cleveland, through the new Right to Counsel in Cleveland Housing Court. This right guarantees an attorney to very low income families facing eviction in the city of Cleveland. Cleveland is only the fourth city in the country to enact this right and Legal Aid is proud to be on the forefront of this new national movement. Cities and counties across the country are beginning to recognize that housing is a fundamental right and when you level the playing field and provide counsel for tenants you have fewer evictions, fair agreements, less school interruptions, economic stability and ultimately less government spending, and,
- Cuyahoga County, through Free Eviction Help. Cuyahoga County provided Legal Aid with special funding to increase human resources both through staff and volunteers to help those outside of Cleveland have free eviction help.
Pro bono attorney help
is necessary as the community need
exceeds the capacity of Legal Aid's full-time staff.
Volunteer attorneys represent clients facing eviction throughout the five counties Legal Aid services in Northeast Ohio. These tenants often have unrealized defenses or could benefit from an attorney assisting in negotiations with the landlord. Many tenants are eligible for significant rental assistance, which can help keep them in the property. When a tenant can remain in the property or negotiate a move out they will save money, reduce school and work absenteeism and increase safety for all household members.
Legal Aid supports your volunteer service every step of the way. This 2.0 hour CLE training is just the beginning - Legal Aid provides further coaching/mentoring as you take-a-case, pays necessary costs of litigation, covers malpractice insurance, and ensures you have the support to be successful.
You will make a difference when you assist in these housing matters: please join us on September 14!
Advanced registration required - space is limited - please click here to register!