Coronavirus Today: Homelessness, hotels and public health

The Los Angeles Times' Data Desk who is tracking Project Roomkey show that 1,879 people were housed through the program as of Tuesday . The hope was to rent rooms for 15,000 people who had been identified as especially vulnerable because of their age or medical conditions. The program was set to... Continue reading >

Latinx Farmworkers Risk Their Lives During Pandemic. Many Now Struggle to Access Vaccines

T here are about 2.5 million farmworkers around the U.S., many of them undocumented immigrants working under dangerous and exploitive circumstances without sick leave or healthcare. Despite their status as essential workers, however, many farmworkers are facing an uphill battle to get vaccinated... Continue reading >

Advocates and officials brace for increase in foreclosures

A program that assists Pennsylvanians facing mortgage foreclosures is bracing for a wave of pandemic-related need, at the same time that it’s worrying about its own finances. Some foreclosures are still happening now, though many are on hold; a foreclosure moratorium is in place until July 1 for... Continue reading >

COVID-19 in Court: Legal Coalition Sues to Stop Some In-Person Civil Trials

A lawsuit filed against Los Angeles County Superior Court by five pro bono legal services asks the court to suspend in-person hearings for traffic and unlawful detainer cases “until doing so no longer poses a public health threat,” and they claim problems with remote access, which is offered now,... Continue reading >

Lawyers Urge Uniformity in Courts’ Pandemic Response

Legal aid attorneys urged California lawmakers on Tuesday to impose uniformity on state courts trying to operate in the pandemic, favoring rules that promote technology to resolve cases over in-person hearings, and consistent health and safety guidelines for the state’s 58 trial courts. The lawyers... Continue reading >

Pro-bono legal service requests spike during COVID

As people continue to struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for pro-bono legal services has spiked, putting more demand on nonprofit legal organizations like Pisgah Legal Services and Legal Aid. Pisgah Legal Services, which opened an office in Highlands/Cashiers last year, and Legal... Continue reading >

‘The need is enormous’: Moratorium not stopping evictions in Wisconsin

A federal ban on evictions has not kept landlords from finding ways to remove people from their homes during the pandemic. The CDC's eviction moratorium order took effect Sept. 4. It aims to keep people from becoming homeless as the coronavirus spreads. President Biden recently extended that ban on... Continue reading >

Community Legal Aid warns of COVID-19 tax issues

Community Legal Aid advises that navigating the world of taxes is more complex this year for low-income Ohioans. “There are a number of new things to consider when filing your tax returns this year,” Legal Aid attorney Dana Goldstein said in a news release. Goldstein said COVID-19 relief packages... Continue reading >

LSC Board Re-Elects John G. Levi and Father Pius Pietrzyk to Leadership Positions

LSC Chair John G. Levi and Vice Chair Father Pius Pietrzyk were re-elected to their leadership positions at the most recent LSC Board meeting. Levi is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP based in Chicago. He is LSC’s longest-serving Chair, having served in the position since 2010. Father Pius is Chair... Continue reading >

Judge grants eviction against St. Peters woman too sick from COVID-19 to be allowed in courthouse

Sommai Peterson has been in the battle of her life for months. In December 2020, she was diagnosed with COVID-19, and couldn't work her Amazon job until she got better. Bills started to pile up. "I just couldn't afford paying the rent," Peterson said. "I had to figure out how to get my car fixed,... Continue reading >