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Partner in Justice: Toolkit


Posted August 9, 2021
6:00 am


Welcome to your Legal Aid Partner in Justice Toolkit!

Below are some thoughtful tips and resources to help you promote Legal Aid with your colleagues.

If you have any questions, please contact Camille Rose Dickson at 216-861-5590 or camille.dickson@lasclev.org.

Visit here often to:

  • Connect with us.
  • Learn about our latest events and news.
  • Grab timely messaging you can use for internal communications at your firm/organization. Simply copy and paste!

And thank you for your service as a Partner in Justice. You are a valued advocate for our mission, and we appreciate how you passionately champion Legal Aid.

PROMOTE JAM FOR JUSTICE:

Quench your thirst for justice on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Legal Aid’s end-of-summer concert fundraiser, Jam for Justice!

Join us in person ($50 ticket) or at home ($100 ticket, which includes a special treat) from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the front yard of Great Lakes Science Center.

Enjoy the music of seven awesome bands headlined by local attorneys, judges, law students, and law faculty.

Register and learn more here: https://lasclev.org/2021jam/

Purchase your ticket today . . . then tell your friends, family, and colleagues!

AND there is still time to become a sponsor of the event – contact Camille if interested!

IMPACT CORNER: HOUSING JUSTICE

Yvonne Mitchell (name changed for client privacy) is the guardian of her 11-year old granddaughter, and the two live together in rental housing in Cleveland. Last year, Yvonne had been renting the downstairs unit of her landlord’s home. When COVID-19 hit, she fell on hard times financially and struggled to make rent. Her landlord told her she didn’t need to pay rent for a few months – but then turned around and demanded payments. Soon after, he served her an eviction notice.

Yvonne didn’t know what to do. She did know, however, that she would do anything to protect her granddaughter’s housing.

After hearing about Legal Aid from a friend, Yvonne called us and applied for representation. Legal Aid took on the case and filed a motion to stay in housing court. Next, the attorney helped Yvonne secure rental assistance funds, which she was able to use to begin renting a new apartment that was in much better condition than the last (her previous apartment had some major conditions issues, including a stopped-up bathroom sink, tears in the carpet, holes in the walls, and a pipe loose under the kitchen sink). Through skilled negotiations, Yvonne’s representative was able to get the eviction dismissed in housing court, clearing her from the obligation to pay any amount of back-owed rent.

Today, Yvonne and her granddaughter are happily living in a safe, comfortable home and are financially stable.

SHARE THE LATEST NEWS WITH YOUR FIRM:

On July 1, 2021, Legal Aid and United Way formally launched Free Eviction Help. This effort not only increases access to legal counsel for Cuyahoga County residents whose housing is at risk, but it also provides critical legal information for the community at www.FreeEvictionHelp.org.

This initiative is made possible by Cuyahoga County’s grant of $1 million from the U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance program.

This County funding will ensure important rent assistance funds are used right here in the region – making our local landlords whole, and ensuring communities can stabilize and grow.

Click here to learn more about Free Eviction Help.

Please follow Legal Aid on social media and share our posts – We’re active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram!

MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY:

Support Legal Aid by making your 2021 gift today!

Click here to donate through our website or use this pledge form to pay now: select a scheduled payment option or ask us to bill you over the next year.

 

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