To us, advocacy is a group effort.
Prevent homelessness and protect renters from unhealthy living conditions. Protect veterans and independence and self-determination for seniors. Ensure access to healthcare and education. Support a level playing field in financial transactions. Lift up the voices of people often unheard and left behind.
Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is a non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in Ohio achieve self-reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.
LAWO provides legal assistance in civil (non-criminal) cases that protect the rights of individuals and promote systemic change in the areas of civil rights and poverty law.
Across the state of Ohio, clients have reported an increase in calls and emails from people posing as Legal Aid employees. Their targets are often seniors and retirees, and they consistently ask for personal details, including financial information, such as a credit card or bank account number. However, Legal Aid will never ask for this type of information in an unsecure setting.
We've listed a few ways to make sure our clients are safe and protected, and can know for certain that they are speaking to a real Legal Aid employee.
Read tips to avoid Legal Aid scammers.
There are funds available to help tenants pay any rent they owe to their landlords which will ensure their landlords are made whole. This idea of Pay-to-Stay is crucial in ensuring housing stability, limiting the spread of COVID for tenants who may struggle to find new available housing, and ensures landlords receive their owed rent. Community action agencies in each county have access to funding from the federal government that tenants can use to pay back rent and other housing costs, ensuring they can remain in their home.Pay-to-Stay