Legal Aid Society surges with COVID-19 pandemic

February 1, 2021

Legal Aid tackles problems client by client and systemically. At age 115, the society is believed to be the nation’s fifth oldest organization and Cuyahoga County’s only one giving free representation for civil issues to people with low incomes (up to 200% of the federal poverty line).

Last year, Legal Aid prevented 90% of clients’ threatened evictions and 60% of foreclosures. It removed threats to safety in 92% of relevant cases and barriers to education in all. Clients gained more than $13 million in income, assets and debt reduction.

The society also gives the public materials and workshops about legal rights, newly focusing on problems of the pandemic.

“Knowledge is power,” said Melanie Shakarian, Legal Aid’s director of development and communications.

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