Ulmer Berne LLP renews support of Legal Aid: Four year grant will help prevent homelessness

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Ulmer Berne recently announced an $80,000 four-year gift to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. The funds will focus on Legal Aid’s housing law work. Additionally, the firm renewed its commitment to pro bono work in this same practice area.

Over the past three years, Ulmer Berne supported Legal Aid and helped 7,935 people who faced housing insecurity. This gift renewal – for a longer time span – highlights the firm’s commitment to Legal Aid and the entire Northeast Ohio community.

Ulmer Berne’s support helped people like seventh-grader Mike* who is a gifted pianist and good student. His sister, Sally, is a talented ballerina. Their mother contacted Legal Aid after she was denied public housing. She proudly shared with her Legal Aid attorney a video of Mike performing piano at Case Western Reserve University and a picture of her children with Mayor Jackson.

Homeless, the family had no place for her family to stay. Legal Aid established they were actually eligible for public housing. The housing authority approved them for public housing, and they were able to afford a safe home, create a stable living environment, and ensure the children could stay in their same school. Ensuring safe housing is a key element of developing financial stability.

Ulmer Berne’s grant will continue to help children like Mike and Sally: funds will support the work of Legal Aid’s staff attorneys who focus on subsidized housing issues. It will also support pro bono volunteers who assist with private landlord-tenant issues.

*Client’s name changed to protect privacy.

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