As Coronavirus Surges, Legal Experts Urge Texans To Do Estate Planning

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid wants to help families plan in advance for worst-case scenarios, so they're not scrambling during a medical crisis or after the death of a loved one. More than 8,000 Texans are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, and more than 20,000 have died due to complications from... Continue reading >

Despite the CDC’s Eviction Ban, Thousands of Tenants Are Losing Their Homes

On the first of September, the Centers for Disease Control issued a moratorium on evictions to curb the spread of Covid-19. But the moratorium, which applies only to qualifying tenants through the end of the year, is riddled with loopholes and has been ineffectively enforced. Thousands of tenants... Continue reading >

Domestic abuse increasing due to coronavirus pandemic according to survivor advocates

Advocates for domestic violence survivors say domestic abuse is increasing in Ohio due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Legal Aid of Western Ohio, there are tens of thousands of domestic violence related calls to police in Ohio every year. Adding circumstances like a child remote... Continue reading >

COVID pandemic leads to more domestic violence hotline calls in New York state, Oneida County

A health professional was physically abused because the abuser thought the worker was trying to infect the abuser with COVID-19, the health professional said to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Another caller said he or she couldn’t file paperwork to get the abuser out of their home because... Continue reading >

California Mandates Emergency Workplace COVID-19 Protections

California’s businesses must follow new rules to protect workers from getting coronavirus on the job, while harvesting companies must minimize overcrowding in guest farmworker housing following a California Divide investigation that uncovered rampant coronavirus outbreaks this summer among a low-... Continue reading >

The messy, legally murky eviction of a North Carolina single mother — despite the CDC’s moratorium: "Nobody’s enforcing it"

Thousands of evictions are moving forward across the country, even though the CDC has ostensibly banned them. As the nation’s attention was focused on who would be the next president the day after the Nov. 3rd election, Sierra Graves was busy grabbing as many of her and her three children’s... Continue reading >

Even With Protections, Thousands Face Eviction in North Carolina

From July through September, almost 25,000 eviction cases have been filed statewide according to data from the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. Almost 15,000 have been granted. But that doesn't tell the whole story. In those same three months of 2019, well before the pandemic hit, when the... Continue reading >

"A nightmare for too many": Hundreds of Arizona renters may have been wrongfully evicted during pandemic

Landlords wrongfully acted to evict metro Phoenix renters during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a federal law protecting tenants from losing their homes if they couldn't pay rent. More than 900 evictions were filed against tenants who likely should have been protected by the federal... Continue reading >

Talk Justice, an LSC Podcast, Episode 7: The Face of Poverty in America: An Interview with Chris Arnade

In this episode of Talk Justice , LSC Vice Chair Father Pius Pietrzyk interviews Chris Arnade, author of “Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America.” Leaving behind a 20-year career on Wall Street, Arnade decided to document poverty and addiction in the Bronx and later across the country. His... Continue reading >

Texas legal aid organization reminds residents to take care of wills, amid COVID-19 surge

Officials with The Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid say there are 12 legal documents you should have in place for your family, should the worst happen. The organization says the recent surge of coronavirus is a grim reminder to have certain legal documents in place, before it’s too late. Attorney’s says... Continue reading >