Press Clips On Civil Legal Aid


Feature (Puerto Rico)

They lost homes in Hurricane Maria, but didn’t have deeds. FEMA rejected their claims.

September 20, 2018 | Miami Herald
The overriding reason: agency regulations and policies that require recipients of assistance to prove they own and occupy the damaged dwellings.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Housing: Title
News Story (Indiana)

Lawsuits charge Rainbow Realty’s rent-to-buy contracts target the most vulnerable

September 19, 2018 | Indiana Lawyer
This is at least the third pending suit involving Rainbow Realty and its rent-to-buy program.
Tags: Rent-to-own
News Story (NATIONAL)

ICE is ordering immigrants to appear in court, but the judges aren’t expecting them

September 16, 2018 | Dallas Morning News
They’d been ordered to be in court by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But their official notices to appear on Sept. 13 were greeted by court staffers who matter-of-factly called them “fake dates.”
Tags: Courts | Immigration Process
News Story (North Carolina, South Carolina)

Hurricane Florence Threatens Property Ties in Carolina’s Lowcountry

September 15, 2018 | CityLab
Thousands of acres throughout the flooded Carolinas are heir’s property, a form of land ownership that leaves residents vulnerable to speculators.
Tags: Disaster Recovery | Housing: Title
News Story (Arizona)

Arizona considering program offering legal, financial help to tenants about to lose homes

September 13, 2018 | Arizona Republic
If fully implemented, the Eviction Prevention Project would try to stop cases already barreling through the courts by paying missed rents and pointing people to free legal services.
Tags: Funding: State & Local | Housing: Eviction
News Story (Florida)

After being separated at the border, they began a quiet life in Miami. What’s next?

September 13, 2018 | Miami Herald
Their separation was part of the controversial zero tolerance policy, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced a week later, in San Diego.

News Story (Texas)

Freeport’s East End Began in Segregation and Will End with Displacement

September 12, 2018 | Texas Observer
A federal lawsuit accuses Port Freeport of threatening residents of a minority community with eminent domain and coercing them into selling their property.
Tags: Housing: Segregation
News Story (California)

Climate Change Isn’t Just Making It Difficult For Farmworkers. It’s Putting Their Lives In Danger.

September 12, 2018 | Huffington Post
Hotter temperatures can increase heat-related illnesses, reduce paychecks and even kill those who labor outdoors.
Tags: Farm and Migrant Workers
Letter to Editor (Texas)

Relief for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

September 12, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
A legal advocate discusses the obstacles posed by FEMA.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
Op-Ed (Mississippi)

In Child Welfare, Two Worlds When it Comes to Legal Representation

September 10, 2018 | Chronicle of Social Change (CA)
In one world, parents with resources immediately hire lawyers to help navigate troubled legal terrain. In the other, attorneys are viewed as luxuries, superfluous actors in a system in which the state is entrusted to protect the family’s interests.
Tags: Child Custody
News Story (Ohio)

How Columbus lawyers have joined the effort to stem evictions

September 10, 2018 | Columbus Business First
Every day in Central Ohio, an average of 75 people are told they face eviction. So far, the area is on pace to match last year's 18,000 filings.
Tags: Housing: Eviction
Interview (Minnesota)

Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota bolsters health of children with on-site attorney

September 7, 2018 | Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
Interview with Brianna Boone, a staff attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services about the medical-legal partnership.
Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships
News Story (Virginia)

When just being near alcohol lands you in jail

September 7, 2018 | Washington Post
Virginia advocates and public defenders have been fighting the law for years, saying it targets homeless people suffering from alcoholism and jails them without full due process.

News Story (Texas)

By All Appearances, They Overcame Hurricane Harvey. Appearances Are Deceiving.

September 6, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Now, mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates are edging higher around Houston, according to real estate and legal aid groups.
Tags: Disaster Recovery
News Story (Maryland)

Attorneys: Social Services again illegally keeping Baltimore foster children overnight in offices

September 4, 2018 | Baltimore Sun
State law requires foster children sleep in a licensed facility, but the agency’s offices are not licensed. Such a sleeping arrangement is forbidden by the 1988 consent decree that resulted from the ongoing class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of the children.
Tags: Foster Youth
News Story (Florida)

Attorneys join court, government to help residents reinstate their driver’s licenses

August 31, 2018 | Orlando Sentinel
While people can get help reinstating their driver’s license at any time, spokesman Dain Weister of the clerk’s office said, “It can be quite a long process, and events like this help people go through all the steps in one location.
Tags: Courts | Driver's license suspension

How Rising Inequality Has Widened the Justice Gap

August 31, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
Rising inequality has harmed low-income families not only by depriving them of a fair share of society’s income growth, but also in a more specific way: It has stacked the legal system even more heavily against them.
Tags: Access to Justice
News Story (California)

How To Keep People Off The Streets? Help Them Before They Get Evicted

August 28, 2018 | LAist
There's one relatively small step that may have a huge impact for people facing eviction — getting an eviction lawyer.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction | Housing: Homelessness
News Story (California)

Voters OK’d Legal Aid for Tenants Facing Eviction — Now Comes the Hard Part

August 27, 2018 | San Francisco Public Press
San Francisco has until July 2019 to set up multimillion-dollar program under Proposition F.
Tags: Civil Right to Counsel | Housing: Eviction
News Story (District of Columbia)

D.C. has legal aid for immigrants, but the city doesn’t use tax dollars to help undocumented ones that are detained

August 26, 2018 | Washington Post
Unlike other cities that have created immigrant defense funds since Trump took office, Washington does not use tax dollars to help undocumented adults once they are detained by federal authorities and face deportation.
Tags: Deportation
News Story (Nevada)

Nevada’s rising poverty population results in unmet legal needs

August 26, 2018 | Nevada Independent
A survey conducted last year found that households with income less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level have a total of about 147,000 legal “needs” every year — yet 76 percent of those needs are never addressed or resolved.
Tags: Access to Justice | Poverty
Op-Ed, Video (Florida)

Your Honor, Can I Play With That Gavel?

August 22, 2018 | New York Times (NYT)
The U.S. government expects children as young as 18 months to represent themselves in immigration court. Lawyers in Miami made a coloring book to help kids understand what they’re facing.
Tags: Courts | Immigration Process
Audio, News Story (NATIONAL)

Four Weeks After Judge’s Deadline, Numerous Migrant Children Remain in New York

August 22, 2018 | WNYC (NY)
Nationally, 565 children were still waiting to be returned to their parents, according to a status update last week. Another update is expected this Friday.
Tags: Deportation | Family Separation
Audio, News Story (New York)

Why It’s Harder for Unaccompanied Minors to Find a Lawyer Now

August 20, 2018 | WNYC (NY)
Only 58 percent of unaccompanied minors in New York were represented. The percentage dropped even more this year, now that the government includes children separated from their parents at the U.S. border, making accurate comparisons very difficult.
Tags: Children & Juvenile | Deportation
News Story (Pennsylvania)

How reverse mortgages can hurt, rather than help, aging Philly homeowners

August 20, 2018 | Philadelphia Inquirer
In a commercial hawking reverse mortgages, the TV actor doesn't tell people how they could get into trouble with the product, a special kind of loan that allows borrowers aged 62 and older to convert a portion of their home's equity into cash.
Tags: Housing: Mortgage
Feature (California)

The Thousands of Children Who Go to Immigration Court Alone

August 20, 2018 | Atlantic, The
Unaccompanied migrant children living in Fresno face greater challenges than their coastal counterparts when it comes to fighting to stay in the U.S.
Tags: Courts | Deportation | Immigration Process
News Story (Texas)

Immigrant Dads Say ICE Separated Them From Their Kids Again With No Explanation

August 17, 2018 | Huffington Post
The overnight separation may have been retaliation for a planned hunger strike, a legal aid lawyer said.
Tags: Asylum | Family Separation
News Story (NATIONAL)

Is There a Better Way to Battle Evictions?

August 17, 2018 | CityLab
Students at BYU’s LawX Lab are building software that can help imperiled tenants get automated legal assistance, fast.
Tags: Housing: Eviction | Technology
News Story (Georgia)

Atlanta Legal Aid Takes On New Foe: Homeowner Tax Hikes

August 16, 2018 |
Atlanta Legal Aid is using a major federal grant to expand "limited scope," high-impact volunteer projects, including the property tax aid initiative.
Tags: Housing
Op-Ed (Illinois)

Civil legal aid can help homeless veterans

August 11, 2018 | Rockford Register Star (Illinois)
A new report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows that homeless veterans across the country could benefit from the help of a lawyer.
Tags: Housing: Homelessness | Veterans