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Legal Services Advocacy Project

Making school lunch shaming a thing of the past

The first reports of “lunch shaming” in Minnesota came to Legal Aid’s Legal Services Advocacy Project (LSAP) back in 2008. School cafeteria workers were publicly dumping students’ lunches in the garbage or serving alternative meals because their parents hadn’t paid the bill. Much has changed since then, including Minnesota’s 201...

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Hennepin County Housing Court

Taking on landlords for race-based discrimination

Ron Mingo, father of seven boys, lived in an apartment in South Minneapolis on a month-to-month basis. The boys lived with their mother and attended a school a few blocks away. Mingo loved the neighborhood and community. In February, he received a Notice to Vacate (NTV) with five weeks to...

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Raids on Encampments Spawn Class Action Lawsuit

Public parks were the best housing option for many unhoused people in the Twin Cities in 2020. Even when space in public shelters was available — which was rare — they were a hazardous option in a pandemic. More than 300 of the 3000+ unhoused people in the Twin Cities...

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