Legal Services of Greater Miami (LSGMI)

Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Florida
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: LSGMI
Lists: LSC
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Each year we provide free civil legal services which benefit more than 30,000 vulnerable members of our community who have nowhere else to turn for help- women, children, seniors, veterans returning from combat, people with disabilities, low wage workers and the homeless who have problems in the areas of tenants’ rights, homeownership, health, income maintenance, employment, special education, tax and consumer rights


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Tenants of dilapidated apartment file lawsuit against slumlord millionaire

Christina Vazquez
WPLG Miami (local ABC affiliate)
May 26, 2015
Three Miami families filed a lawsuit Friday against their landlord -- known as "Slumlord Millionaire" -- alleging a disregard for safety due to deplorable living conditions.


Don’t cut Legal Services’ budget

Miami Herald
June 1, 2015
Cutting funding for civil legal services is a terrible idea with human and financial costs says this editorial.


Big banks abusing 2012 settlement deal

Jon Prior
September 28, 2015
Weak oversight means banks can get away with foreclosing on homeowners in middle of negotiations.

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Housing Troubles Plague South Florida Tenants

Michele Gillen
CBS Miami
September 29, 2015
Questionable conditions plague the property located on 1200 block of Southwest 10th Street in Miami.

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Forged deeds lead to stolen homes, broken hearts in South Florida

David Ovalle
Miami Herald
December 3, 2015
In a scam that authorities say has proliferated in recent years, a Florida woman fell victim to swindlers who used bogus quitclaim deeds to secretly strip her of the property.

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Hundreds Of Thousands Have Lost Food Stamps In Florida

Wilson Sayre
WGCU-FM (Fort Meyers, Florida)
May 12, 2016
Come 2009, deep into the recession, there were so few jobs that the federal government allowed states with high unemployment to ask to waive those work requirements.

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Hundreds of thousands lose food stamps in Florida

Wilson Sayre
June 1, 2016
A total of 350,000 people in Florida have lost their food stamps since the restoration of work requirements on Jan. 1.


Why pro bono legal aid matters

Jocelyn Armand
Miami Herald
October 27, 2016
This week, as we celebrate National Pro Bono Week, we are reminded of the growing demand for legal services for the poor.

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Public Housing Tenant: My Apartment Was Making My Kids Sick

Nadege Green
WLRN (South Florida)
April 12, 2017
Mold is not uncommon in public and private housing throughout South Florida, but for low income renters who can’t afford to move out or wage costly court battles against their landlords to fix the problem, that could mean living with the fungus, sometime for years.

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Renters find extra hurdles to recovery after hurricanes

Claudia Lauer, Adriana Gómez Licón
Associated Press (AP)
October 13, 2017
Rental housing has been a concern in many cities in Texas and Florida after hurricanes Harvey and Irma flooded tens of thousands of homes.


Are People Getting Unemployment Help Post-Irma?

Wilson Sayre
WLRN (South Florida)
October 25, 2017
Daniel Rowinsky, staff attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami, spoke with WLRN’s Wilson Sayre about what he has seen over the past few weeks as he has tried to help people through the application process for DUA.


Low-income hurricane victims being denied legal assistance

Charles Elsesser
Miami Herald
February 21, 2018
Congress must appropriate funding that permits legal aid groups to provide legal help, including representation, for as long as necessary for recovery, which we know can take years.

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Legal Aid Funding ‘Crucial’ After Hurricanes, Florida Chief Justice Says

Celia Ampel
March 13, 2018
Comments at a congressional hearing in Washington came weeks after President Donald Trump threatened to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp.


Miami’s homeless veterans need legal assistance. You can help them get it.

Brittney Horton
Miami Herald
July 31, 2018
As an attorney with the Veteran’s Legal Advocacy Project at Legal Services of Greater Miami, I can tell you why that is — and how you can help.

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Nonprofits Ask Florida for Statewide Moratorium on Evictions

Jessica Lipscomb
Miami New Times
March 17, 2020

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Online Unemployment Benefits Systems Are Buckling Under a Wave of Applications

Colin Lecher
The Markup
March 31, 2020

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Heard On Sundial: Housing In The Time Of COVID-19

WLRN (South Florida)
March 25, 2020

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Frustration builds as many Americans still wait for unemployment checks

CBS News
April 10, 2020

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Evicting tenants is illegal right now. This company tried it anyway — and got caught

Rene Rodriguez, Kevin G. Hall
Miami Herald
April 16, 2020

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Clock Running Out on Florida’s Eviction Moratorium, Leaving Landlords and Tenants in Limbo

WLRN (South Florida)
July 24, 2020

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Need for aid to prevent suffering continues in South Florida

WPLG Miami (local ABC affiliate)
August 10, 2020

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With no moratorium in place for FL renters, ‘We expect a tsunami of evictions’

Laura Cassels
Florida Phoenix
August 19, 2020


Tenants Facing Eviction in Era of Skyrocketing Rents Need Legal Assistance

Martha Bergmark
American Prospect, The
September 18, 2014
Without legal assistance, tenants often miss crucial steps and find themselves out of a home.

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