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Julia, an elderly and disabled resident of the Rio Grande Valley, had been living in the same apartment for the last ten years with the help of the local Housing Authority. When her housing assistance ended, her landlord told her that he would give her a few months to try to renew the assistance before he evicted her.
But an eviction would force Julia into homelessness. Not knowing what to do and unable to afford suitable housing on her own, she turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid for help.
TRLA worked with the Housing Authority to review Julia’s file and get her assistance reinstated. But her landlord had decided that he wanted all of the rent for the few months he gave Julia as a grace period – and someone had to pay. So TRLA worked with the Housing Authority again to see that it was a mistake to terminate Julia’s assistance in the first place. As a result, Julia got the back rent she needed to pay her landlord and stay in her apartment.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is offering free legal assistance to low-income residents affected by the intense weather. During the clean-up process, residents can encounter a variety of legal issues including denials of insurance claims, problems with a landlord or mortgage company, and price gouging. Residents may also need legal assistance to replace copies of important legal documents or as they try to obtain disaster-related unemployment or public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Disaster Assistance Hotline
At this week’s recognition of Celebrate Pro Bono Week in Hidalgo County, the Hidalgo County Bar Association presented Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) with a donation of $10,000 to help support our pro bono program. The bar association has a long history of supporting the program, both through monetary donations and volunteer efforts.
The Hidalgo County Community Justice Program provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Rio Grande Valley. Volunteers include local attorneys, judges, court reporters, and the District Clerk.
Deanna L. Whitley
The Whitley Law Firm
San Antonio, TX
Deanna L. Whitley has a long-standing commitment to serving the underserved community. Deanna comes from a family with that same longstanding tradition. She was instrumental in developing mobile dental clinics to serve rural areas with no access to dental care with her family.
She has brought this commitment to her new law firm, The Whitley Law Firm, P.C., by choosing to office on the East Side of San Antonio in the same building in which her father brought dental services to this community and its predominantly low-income families for over forty years. Deanna often represents family law clients pro bono and volunteers her legal services whenever she gets the opportunity.
The Whitley Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to giving back not only to the community in which the business operates but all of San Antonio and surrounding areas.
Lindsay M. Browne
Lindsay Browne Law
Corpus Christi, TX
I believe in offering my services to members of our community who would not otherwise be able to have competent and zealous legal representation. I consider it an honor to serve my community in this way.
We at TRLA just couldn’t help ourselves. When it came to recognizing Celebrate Pro Bono Week online, we just couldn’t think of a better way to do than by giving it the animated gif treatment.
Check out To Be a Pro Bono Volunteer by clicking on the gif below: