Study Shows Lasting Impact of Legal Aid Services in Northeast Ohio

A new study released today looks at the lasting effect of legal aid services in certain Northeast Ohio counties.

News Story (Ohio)

Ella Abbott
WKSU (Kent, OH)
June 17, 2019

Tags: Access to Justice, Reports

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Community Legal Aid (Central Northeast Ohio)


Steven McGarrity is the Executive Director of Community Legal Aid which covers eight counties including Summit and Portage. He said the study showed their ongoing impact, but also where they could improve.

McGarrity said one way is looking at the connected problems their clients face. For example, they may help a domestic violence victim get away from an abuser, but could ask more questions to help them further.

“But where, what is your housing situation like? Do you need help finding housing? Do you qualify for public housing? Do you need time to move out from your current rental that you were in with the abuser? I mean what is it that we can do to help you stabilize that part of your life?”