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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.

Special Projects Outreach Office at JFS

LAWO’s Special Projects Outreach Office has returned to the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services and is welcoming prospective clients.

Rashanda's Story

When the pandemic unexpectedly changed her hectic work schedule, Rashanda prioritized her health and made the difficult decision to leave her employment. 

Lauren's Story

After enduring years of abuse, Lauren’s anxiety is so severe she can rarely leave her home and becomes very nervous about talking with people.

Dave's Story

When Dave’s brother tried to request a state hearing regarding the Medicaid denial, he was not allowed to do so; the form designating him as Dave’s authorized representative had been lost.

RISE Project helped enforce Susan's rights

When Susan's abuser violated the protection order, LAWO advocated for her rights.

SAFE: Services to End Domestic Violence Against Women with Disabilities

In 2019, LAWO was awarded $450,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, for the Disability Grant Program. With the grant funds, LAWO created the Safety and Accessibility for Everyone (SAFE) project, a three year project based in Lucas County. LAWO is partnering with ABLE and Bethany House to identify and eliminate organizational barriers that inh ...

RISE Project: Rights in Systems Enforced

In 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA) which sets forth specific rights for victims in federal criminal courts.  At the state level, victims’ rights can be found in more than 30 state constitutions and every state’s statutes.  In addition, many tribal codes afford victims’ rights. While these legislative efforts demonstrate great ...

Celebrating the Center for Equal Justice

The Center for Equal Justice has stood as a beacon of hope for over 10 years at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Huron Street in Toledo. It offers hope for people who are economically disadvantaged and need legal help that they otherwise would go without – legal help to protect their homes, safety, and access to education and to resolve other life-changing legal problems. Th ...


Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) wants seniors to understand their legal rights, avoid abuse and victimization, and protect their safety, assets, income, and independence. 

Medicaid Eligibility

Medicaid eligibility limits are updated annually. Household size and total income determines eligibility for Medicaid.

Work Requirements for Medicaid

The federal government has granted permission for Ohio to create a work requirement for Medicaid.