Helping Families Seek Needed Protection
“Marta” separated from her partner and children’s father due to his increasing emotional abuse, jealousy, and attempts to control her behavior in and out of the home. After she left with the children, the partner’s behavior became threatening and erratic. He left her a series of voicemails and text messages threatening to kill himself, or Marta and her parents, or to take the children.
Legal Aid assisted Marta in obtaining a civil protection order, which included protection for the children. As a result, her partner agreed to attend regular therapy, and was given supervised parenting time with the children. The Protection Order has prevented further threatening communication or actions against Marta, and she is able to monitor his contact with the children closely to ensure that it is safe and appropriate. When the case concluded, Marta wrote to her Legal Aid attorney: “My family and I thank you from the heart for your representation and support on this case. May you receive more blessings and success.”
Veteran seeks Legal Aid for assistance in Housing case
Mr. R., a veteran who served in the military for 16 years and received an honorable discharge, contacted Legal Aid for assistance concerned that he would lose his Housing Choice Voucher. He discovered Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) was trying to terminate his Voucher because his responses to his annual re-certification were incomplete. Mr. R. struggled with a mental health disability and needed case management services. His situation was exacerbated by the stress of his recent unemployment. The Legal Aid attorney requested a hearing for the voucher termination, and submitted a reasonable accommodation request for CMHA’s coordination with the client’s new VA social worker supported by a letter from the VA psychiatrist. Thanks to Legal Aids efforts, CMHA granted the reasonable accommodation and withdrew its voucher termination. Mr. R was able to set up a new repayment agreement with CMHA for the amount owed. The client has remained in his apartment with his Housing Choice Voucher and continues to receive case management services from his VA social worker.
Child HeLP ensures Michael receives needed supports
7-year-old Michael had recently moved in with his grandmother because his parents could not care for him. A few years earlier, his family had been homeless; now, suddenly, his parents were not in his life. As a result, Michael began having repeated angry outbursts in his first grade classroom and was at risk of being expelled. Michael’s doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital had diagnosed him as having ADHD and were trying to determine whether he also had PTSD. His grandmother did not know where to turn. Then, a social worker at the Children’s Fairfield pediatric clinic referred Michael to Child HeLP. A Legal Aid attorney helped Michael’s grandmother ask the school to evaluate Michael for special education and counseling services and represented her at the school meetings. As a result of Legal Aid’s advocacy, Michael began receiving the special education services he needed. Michael is learning to cope with frustration, his behavior is improving, and he is now in a better position to learn and be successful in school.
Veteran receives long awaited disability compensation
Mr. D., an Army veteran, was struggling with mental health disabilities originating from his 1972-1974 service. Mr. D. was bullied and sexually assaulted during his Army tenure, experiencing.an incident of military sexual trauma that led to his current diagnosis of PTSD. The Legal Aid attorney gathered medical and military evidence, supplemented with client affidavit that led to the VA determining that Mr. D. disabilities were 100% service connected. As a result of Legal Aid’s efforts, Mr. D. was awarded a 100% service-connected disability compensation rating from the VA. He received a $48,000 back-award which he used to purchase a car and make some repairs on his home. He will receive $2,906/month so long as he is 100% disabled.
Legal Aid Prevents Family’s Eviction
Vanessa Cambridge*, a working mother of three, was being threatened with eviction. Her landlord accused her of not paying required fees and although Ms. Cambridge had paid the fees, her landlord would not acknowledge the payment. She was very scared and stressed at the notion of being homeless and she was also worried about Danny, her three-year-old son, who was struggling with severe asthma.
Ms. Cambridge took Danny to his appointment at Cincinnati Children’s and the doctor discovered that the family might be evicted. He referred Ms. Cambridge to Child HeLP, Legal Aid’s medical-legal partnership with Cincinnati Children’s. A Legal Aid attorney contacted the landlord. She presented the manager with copies of receipts proving that Ms. Cambridge had, in fact, paid the fees, and defended the eviction in Court. As a result, the eviction case was dismissed. She and her children were able to remain securely in their apartment.
Working single mothers like Ms. Bridge are particularly vulnerable when issues like this arise. Without secure housing, she could have easily experienced a cascade of negative outcomes potentially culminating in losing her job and her income. Even though she had proof of payment, she could not achieve a positive resolution on her own. Legal Aid’s assistance was critical in preventing a crisis from becoming a catastrophe.
Helping Children and Families Thrive
Seven year old “Penny” must use a wheelchair. She has a rare, profoundly disabling genetic condition, Trisomy 18, so she will never walk. Penny and her mother lived in a third floor apartment with no elevator. For Penny to leave the apartment at all, her mother had to carry her and her wheelchair up and down 3 flights of stairs. Their application for wheelchair accessible housing had been denied. Penny’s mom did not know where to turn to get help.
Then, Penny’s pediatrician at Children’s Hospital referred her to Legal Aid’s Child HeLP program.
Today, Penny and her mom are happily settled into their new first floor, fully wheel-chair accessible apartment, thanks to the resolution provided by the Legal Aid Child HeLP attorney.