Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is proud to join organizations across the country in recognizing the month of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Continue reading
TRLA intern Osvaldo Lopez has been recognized by the Marguerite Casey Foundation with the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation recognized 12 community leaders with the award in honor of their vision, passion and dedication to improving the lives of families in their communities. Each of the honorees receives an award of $5,000 in recognition of their leadership. Continue reading
A previous version of this story originally appeared in the Spring 2007 edition of the TRLA Times.
The Evictions Start
In Summer 2006, TRLA law clerks, paralegals, and attorneys started to receive a trickle of phone calls. A handful of hurricane evacuees in Austin had found eviction notices placed on their doors. For months, as part of FEMA’s short-term housing program, cities across Texas paid rent to landlords for evacuees staying in apartments and motels while evacuees applied for long-term FEMA housing assistance. But when FEMA announced its plans to end its short-term housing program, some evacuees faced losing the roofs over their heads. Continue reading
The following profiles originally appeared in the Winter 2005 edition of the TRLA Times.
Shirley Melton* didn’t know what to do. Her mother, who had been receiving rehabilitation in a New Orleans nursing home after having survived several strokes and an aneurysm, could not be located. Continue reading
A version of this article previously appeared in the Spring 2007 edition of the TRLA Times.
Uprooted from their homes and apartments in Louisiana, Katrina and Rita evacuees found immediate refuge after the storm within convention centers, schools, emergency shelters, and churches. After finding safety, evacuees were shuffled into motels, apartments, mobile homes, and travel trailers for the short term and told they could apply for long-term housing assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Continue reading
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, numerous organizations came together to help and support TRLA’s efforts to provide legal assistance to survivors. The following profile highlights the contribution of law school students, the private bar, and out-of-state friends in providing support. It originally appeared in the Winter 2005 edition of the TRLA Times. Continue reading
The following article originally appeared in the Winter 2005 edition of the TRLA Times.
The fallout of Hurricane Katrina made significant, unprecedented demands of nonprofits across Texas entrusted to protect and help the poor – and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid was no exception. The faces of displaced New Orleans residents walking for miles along empty state highways desperately searching for food, water, and rescue called for a renewed examination of social justice for the poor. Continue reading