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Ensuring clients get their stimulus checks

Low-Income Tax Clinic

The CARES Act, signed into law in March of 2020, includes “economic impact payments” to most U.S. residents with a Social Security number who made less than $75,000 per year. The payments went first to those who had a 2019 or 2020 tax refund...

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St. Cloud Office

Healthcare barriers more challenging than ever during the pandemic

Paralegal Abdirahman Hussein is one of the longest-serving ProjectCare navigators in Legal Aid’s St. Cloud office. He is doing his best to help central Minnesotans get healthcare coverage, but in over four years as a MNsure navigator he’s never faced challenges like this. “It’s...

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St. Cloud Office

Somali immigrant family fights for tenant rights

Mohamed Mohamed came to Minnesota with a flawless rental history. When he and his large family moved into an apartment in St. Cloud, the landlord charged a deposit of $1,800. That seemed high, but Mohamed paid it, not knowing that $600 of that was...

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Minnesota Disability Law Center

Pro bono volunteer resolves special education case

The first time Melissa Dosick Riethof, Special Counsel at Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P., entered the complicated maze of special education law, she wasn’t representing a client. She was the mother of a child with a new diagnosis, and she was overwhelmed. “I’m a lawyer...

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Senior Law Project

100-year-old resident fights improper eviction

Sophia Grujin moved from Cincinnati to be closer to her daughter Vera. She was 90 years old, so the move was a big adjustment. After three years of trying to find a suitable place, Sophia settled into an assisted living facility and lived there...

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Tax Law | Isuroon Partnership

Somali - American mom takes on the IRS with Legal Aid

Jamila is a United States citizen and the single mother of three children. Her husband died before she and her children moved to the United States. Jamila studies hard, but English is still difficult for her. Most of her income goes to cover the...

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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...

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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...

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