Jose, whose housing woes were profiled by the El Paso Times
Jose had been living in his apartment for a few weeks when he noticed that the roof was leaking. Over time, the leaks got worse and pieces of the ceiling began to fall, causing damage to his furniture. Jose reported the leaks to the landlord but, after three years, nothing had been done.
Since he didn’t have the money to move anywhere else, Jose had to make due. He removed his own carpet and even put cans around the apartment to collect water, falling debris, and rats that had moved into the area. After hearing that one of his neighbors called the City Inspector about the property and was advised to file a lawsuit, Jose knew he needed legal help. So he turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). Continue reading
TRLA attorney Kelli Howard was recently appointed as Chair of the State Bar of Texas standing committee on Disability Issues. Howard, a 2001 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, works with TRLA’s housing team in our Austin office where she focuses on landlord/tenant issues, discrimination, federally subsidized housing, and disability rights. She will begin her appointment in June following the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Dallas.
Texas legal aid organizations are drastically underfunded, a problem that means that many people in bad legal situations are constantly being turned away and left to fend for themselves. Community support is critical to helping as many people as possible and there are many ways that our supporters join in our efforts, such as making a donation or becoming a pro bono volunteer.
But some of our supporters get extra creative in declaring their support for access to justice. Take Sara Foskitt of the Foskitt Realty Group. Sara, an attorney and realtor in Austin, has pledged 25% of her 2013 commissions to support access to justice programs, including Texas RioGrande Legal Aid! Continue reading
TRLA social worker intern Jacqueline Gallina
Jacqueline Gallina, the social worker intern in our El Paso office, was recently recognized as the Student Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. She received the award as a result of her dedication to her work and the help she’s provided to victims of crime at TRLA.
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has compiled a list of resources to help victims of the West plant explosion with the legal issues they will face in recovery. Our friends at Lone Star Legal Aid are working with the State Bar of Texas and others to answer a free legal assistance hotline that can be reached at 1-800-504-7030. Victims who call the hotline and qualify for assistance will be matched with Texas lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help.
Attorneys who would like to help the victims of the West explosion, should email Blair McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the list of legal resources, click here.
If you would like to add a resource to the list, submit it via the comments section of this blog post.