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August Update

August 2018

And the Survey Said…. A recent survey of more than 100 legal aid attorneys in Ohio identified lack of good employment opportunities and low wages as the biggest issue facing clients.Barriers to emplyoment continued to be a big challenge. The legal aid attorneys  reported that increasing access to affordable safe housing and maintaining Medicaid coverage […]

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Report finds that affordable housing program provides limited choice and opportunity for low-income, African-American families.

August 2016

News Release August 16, 2016 Almost all affordable rental housing developed through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program for families has been placed in highly-segregated, high poverty areas of Ohio. The LIHTC program has also cut back on the development of housing that serves families with children.  These are the findings of a […]

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Child Support Guidelines Bill will cause hardships for low-income families.

June 2016

OPLC senior attorney Mike Smalz, while acknowledging that there are some positive changes in the bill,  presented opponent testimony to the Senate Civil Justice Committee on SB 262, the child support guidelines bill. Mike (and other legal aid witnesses) pointed out that the child support tables in the bill would reduce the child support received […]

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Poverty Law Center Applauds New Military Lending Act Final Rules

July 2015

The Department of Defense has issued an expansive new rule that protects servicemembers and their families from high-cost installment lenders, pay day lenders, and other predatory credit providers. This rule is an addition to the Military Lending Act, an Act passed in 2006 that capped interest rates and add-on fees to members of the military […]

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What Will Happen to Ohio’s Safety Net Programs?

January 2015

As we begin the new 2015-2016 legislative session, the Ohio House has new leadership, with a larger majority of Republicans, the Senate has the same leadership, and the voters endorsed the same Governor, not to mention the same roster of other elected state officials. As a poverty law practitioner and advocate for low income Ohioans, […]

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Senate Bill Undercuts Fair Housing Law Protections and Enforcement

July 2014

On June 24, 2014 Senator Bill Seitz introduced Senate Bill 349, which purpose is described by the Legislative Services Commission as “to make permissive actual damages and attorney’s fees, to limit certain punitive damages, to allow respondents to recover attorney’s fees in certain instances, to prohibit actual or punitive damages from being awarded to a […]

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