Posted November 30, 20239:00 am
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ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO GIVE TODAY
The following can be copy/pasted right into an email, social media, and more. Feel free to personalize as you see fit – perhaps add-in your own perspective about why you choose to support Legal Aid. (That extra personal touch makes all the difference!)
We dream of a world where our community thrives and doesn’t have to worry about basic needs – like stable housing, economic security, and access to the justice system. Legal Aid is doing its part to make this possible by providing free civil legal counsel to people with low incomes.
Give a gift by December 8th and it will be matched (up to $50,000) by a group of generous supporters. As we enter the season of giving, help Legal Aid bring the power of the law to families in Northeast Ohio so they can live safer, healthier, and more financially stable lives. Double your impact today: lasclev.org/2023match
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IN THE NEWS
Legal Aid commissioned Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) for an important research initiative, which underscores the realities of Cleveland’s current housing crisis that make it nearly impossible for families to find good quality, affordable rental housing in Cuyahoga County.
Researchers from the Center on Poverty and Community Development at CWRU examined the intersections of race, rental prices, poor housing conditions, and the prevalence of lead among rental units across Cuyahoga County. Their findings have been compiled into the report Racial Disparities in Safe Housing.
The report demonstrates how, “[r]acial discrimination continues to impact housing stability and access to good quality housing.” Neighborhoods where rental housing is affordable and most residents are people of color carry the burden of a deteriorated housing stock plagued by disproportionally high lead hazards.
Spread the word about these findings and help Legal Aid advocate for safe and affordable housing using this link: lasclev.org/2023raceandsafehousing
Janice (names changed to protect privacy) was heartbroken when her husband, Samuel, fell ill. To ensure he received the care he needed, Janice had to place Samuel in a nursing home temporarily. In the meantime, Janice and her two sons struggled to make ends meet. She went back to work part time to help her sons with the household finances.
Janice grew frustrated – it seemed nothing was enough to keep things afloat and she fell three months behind in her rent. Janice applied for rent assistance from a local agency, but never received a response. She also looked into other agencies that could help with the rent but had no luck. Eventually, she received an eviction notice from her landlord.
Janice refused to allow her and her family to be displaced. Janice contacted Legal Aid for help. Her Legal Aid attorney contacted one of the rent assistance agencies where Janice had applied for help and learned that her application did not go through because her husband’s name was misspelled. Her attorney stayed in contact with the agency to get the application corrected and approved.
Finally, her application was approved for $6,346.50 which covered the back rent that was owed and three months future rent. Her landlord dismissed the case against her. Thanks to her Legal Aid attorney, Janice could focus more on her husband without having to worry about finding another place to live.
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