LEGAL SERVICES PREVENTS GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDCHILDREN FROM BECOMING HOMELESS
Martha, elderly and disabled and raising her grandchildren on a fixed income, faced eviction from public housing for non-payment of rent due to administrative glitches. First her automatic payment for rent was not processed by the bank. Then the public housing agency returned her uncashed money order and filed for eviction.
Martha deposited her full rent into the court registry to defend the eviction. Legal Services Advocacy Director Jose Fons represented Martha at mediation and worked out a settlement allowing Martha and her grandchildren to remain in housing. If they had been forced to move to a homeless shelter, studies show that this disruption in their housing would have caused up to a 6 month setback in the children’s educational progress.
LEGAL SERVICES PROMOTES ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
The Gonzalezes, an immigrant family, wanted to fulfill the American dream of providing a brighter future for their children. They turned to Legal Services for help in establishing and properly structuring their small business for success. Today their business is operational, providing greater financial security for their family of seven and strengthening the local community.
DISABLED VETERAN KEEPS FULL BENEFITS WITH HELP FROM
Riley developed cancer after exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam. After surgery to remove the cancer, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reduced his disability rating from 100% to 60% because he no longer had active cancer.
Riley came to Legal Services for help appealing this decision which would also reduce his monthly benefits. At the hearing, Legal Services Attorney Brittney Horton argued that Riley's PTSD was total and permanently disabling.
The Hearing Officer agreed and approved Riley for Individual Unemployability Benefits, maintaining his monthly benefits at the same level. Based on this finding his wife is also eligible for healthcare and possibly tuition assistance from the VA.
Riley, who served his country in time of war, now receives the VA benefits that he and his family deserve.