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Becoming an unintentional landlord during COVID-19

A friend asked to stay in his home for a week. Then COVID happened and David became an unintentional landlord who couldn’t get his visitor, turned tenant, to leave.

Racism creates barriers to housing rights

As a former social services worker, Trina knew her rights, yet she was denied the benefit of a live-in PCA. When that happened, she told them she would get an attorney to represent her. That’s when Legal Aid stepped in.

Moving bureaucratic mountains just to get home

“I was getting medical treatment for a bad leg, but I was in there (a nursing home) a long time. What they were doing for me wasn’t different than what could be done at home. I’d rather be at home…but they wouldn’t let me go.”

Self-advocate fights for supports to finish college

“If someone using disability services makes a wrong move, they can be cut off or might owe thousands of dollars in an overpayment,” warns Attorney Anne Robertson. In the case of college student James Lee, that might have kept his college degree out of reach.

Persistence pays off for family seeking disability benefits

“I kept getting denied and it’s so hard to deal with a kid with disabilities when you don’t get help,” Connell says. “It’s so, so stressful. You have to figure out everything and deal with this and that. I didn’t know which way to go, and I was getting doors slammed in my face. My friend told me to try Legal Aid.”

Pandemic heightens education discrimination: Tilly’s story

The summer of 2020, when Tilly was almost eight, her parents were told she could not return to school in the fall. Tilly’s Legal Aid lawyer described it as an attempt to create a new policy for students with disabilities. That didn’t fly with Tilly’s parents and it didn’t fly with Legal Aid’s Disability Law Center, either.

Legal Aid teams up with Promise Neighborhood to provide legal help

Learn how Legal Aid is making a difference in partnership with Promise Neighborhood, a community organization in central Minnesota that connects families with educational and economic opportunities.

Legal Aid wins $750,000 in case against landlord

Legal Aid and the U.S. Department of Justice together pursued the case against a landlord, arguing he sexually harassed tenants.

“Into Adulthood” improves disability access for young adults

At 16, Will was housed in a treatment center with adults who were mentally ill and aggressive. At the same time, he had his own challenges stemming from lifelong trauma. Disability Law Center Advocate, Cindy Jarvi said “For years, Will had virtually zero educational services.” But with her and the law on his side, things were set to change.

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