Phillip Major* and his spouse, the parents of three minor children, were both employed as independent contractors with a company that sold fixed rate utility bill plans door-to-door. Mr. Major and his spouse both lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 shut-down and fell behind on their rent.
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Right to Counsel Housing Representation
A recently-passed Right to Counsel housing ordinance has allowed LAWO to expand our program in assisting Toledoans facing eviction and other housing stability issues.
Outreach in the Midst of COVID
In 2020 and 2021 LAWO modified its outreach efforts to ensure it provided agricultural workers information about their rights and how to protect themselves and their families in a COVID safe manner. We also provided information on COVID-19 and personal protection equipment to agricultural workers.
When Linda filed for a Civil Protection Order, she thought she and her children would need to move out of their home.
When the opposing party objected to Juanita’s civil protection order, she did not know how to proceed to keep her family safe.
Important Message About COVID-19
Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO) is here to help people living in poverty for whom the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about swift and severe changes. They have lost employment by the thousands; many are facing the loss of their homes and health care and experiencing increased rates of domestic violence. While LAWO’s physical offices are closed during this stage of the pandemic ...
Access LAWO Services at Toledo Municipal Court
Tenants with housing and debt collection actions in the Municipal Court have onsite access to LAWO’s services.
There are funds available to help tenants pay any rent they owe to their landlords which will ensure their landlords are made whole.
Everyone deserves enough food on their table
SNAP is a federal program that provides allotments for food purchases to low income households in Ohio.
New unemployment benefits available for Ohioans
Unemployment rates remain high in Ohio during the COVID 19 pandemic. While some important unemployment benefits temporarily expired in 2020, new assistance is now available through the Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers Act (CAA), which is an extension of the CARES Act unemployment provisions.