Organized in 1954. Nonprofit organization receiving funding from the Legal Services Corporation and locally from the United Way of Central Ohio.
Primary geographic focus: Ohio
Organization type(s): Provider
The lone attorney and secretary who staffed the Legal Aid Society at the beginning could hardly have imagined the challenges and demands of serving the complex community that Columbus and central Ohio have become today. Over the last 50 years, the population of the area that the agency serves has grown from 500,000 to 1.3 million, and the diversity of the area has changed dramatically.
Serving a growing non-English speaking population is a new challenge. The Society serves a financially eligible population of 183,000. It would need 36.6 attorneys to meet the “minimum access” goal established by the Legal Services Corporation 25 years ago. One of the most difficult and painful tasks the staff performs daily is turning away low-income people with serious legal problems.
CONTENT MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCENews Story Ben Sutherly
September 27, 2015
Consumers are being charged excessive fees — fees intended to cover the debt-collection costs of government hired special counsel advocates say.
News Story Encarnacion Pyle
January 22, 2016
The owner of the Bryden House apartmentson Columbus' Near East Side is ending the leases of a number of elderly, low-income tenants, leaving many wondering why.
News Story Mark Ferenchik
March 5, 2016
Some say it's not fair for the housing authority or other building owners to push out seniors to attract residents who can afford to pay more.
News Story Mary Mogan Edwards
August 16, 2016
Bill collectors and law firms working for the Ohio attorney general’s office are tacking unreasonably high charges onto the amounts they try to collect from people with long-overdue student loans, according to lawsuits filed by the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.
News Story Holly Zachariah
October 15, 2016
It all helps eliminate barriers to jobs and housing.
News Story Rita Price
January 13, 2017
A new tenant-advocacy program soon will operate inside Franklin County Municipal Court, where a high number of filings make for the state's busiest eviction docket.
News Story Rita Price
March 20, 2017
Court officials, legal-aid attorneys and mediators encourage landlords and tenants to talk, to strive for compromise.
News Story Catherine Candisky
March 31, 2015
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus files a federal suit to stop the state from terminating Medicaid benefits.
News Story Ben Sutherly
January 25, 2015
When nonprofit hospitals contract with for-profit physician practices to provide inpatient services, needy patients may not get financial help. (Featuring Legal Aid Society of Columbus)
Feature , Video Seth Freed Wessler
December 5, 2014
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus successfully helped a woman appeal her loss of benefits for not attending class while in a coma, but many others were pushed off.
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