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Understanding wage garnishment: it is common for creditors to garnish your wages to get paid back 

by Tonya Sams  (Plain Press, June 2022)                            What happens when you don’t earn enough money to pay your debts, but creditors start coming after your limited financial resources? Unfortunately, it is common for creditors to garnish your wages to get paid back.       Wage garnishment allows creditors to receive payments for a debt owed by taking money directly … Continue reading

Getting a fresh start: sealing a criminal record and CQE’s

Getting a fresh start: sealing a criminal record and CQE’s by Tonya Sams Plain Press, May 2022             Many people who have been incarcerated have a difficult time obtaining employment after their release from prison. This can hinder them from fulfilling their parole obligations as well as providing for themselves. Reentrants to regular society can try to … Continue reading

Legal Aid can help with debt, car repossession, and identity theft

by Tonya Sams (Plain Press, March 2022)      Unpaid debt can be a huge burden that creates a constant cycle of worry and fear.       Do you know what to do if you are sued by a debt collector, if your car is repossessed, or if you are a victim of identity theft? Legal Aid has answers. Car … Continue reading

Legal Aid offers free legal help with tax problems

by Tonya Sams (Plain Press, February 2022)  Tax season is headed our way faster than lake effect snow, and there are many community organizations helping Northeast Ohio residents with tax preparation.        The pandemic has affected how and when we file taxes, as well as what we file. One of the most recent federal tax policy changes … Continue reading

Domestic violence is more than physical abuse; help is available 

Domestic violence is more than physical abuse; help is available  by Tonya Sams (Plain Press, January 2022)           Many people think the label “domestic violence” applies only to violent acts against a lover, but it is much more than that.     Domestic violence describes regular, consistent acts of physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse. It not only occurs … Continue reading

Help for youth aging-out of foster care

Help for youth aging-out of foster care by Tonya Sams (Plain Press, December 2021)                 Aging out of the foster care system can be a very challenging time for youth who are also navigating the transition from childhood to adulthood. Without a birth certificate, social security card, or other identifying documentation, it can be extremely difficult to … Continue reading

Coalition of community groups rally to “Stop Evictions Now!”

Coalition of community groups rally to “Stop Evictions Now!” by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2021)                 A coalition of groups of community activists from throughout Northeast Ohio converged on Public Square on October 20th for a “Stop Evictions Now!” rally as part of a coordinated national effort to speed the distribution of already allocated federal dollars designed … Continue reading

Legal Aid partners with local organizations and resident groups to promote business growth, home ownership 

Legal Aid partners with local organizations and resident groups to promote business growth, home ownership  by Tonya Sams (Plain Press, November 2021)                 As Managing Attorney for Community Engagement at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Anne Sweeney knows how important it is for neighborhood residents’ voices to be heard.      “It’s important to build local power,” she … Continue reading

Utilities for All holds vigil at City Hall to remember those who died due to utility shutoffs

Utilities for All holds vigil at City Hall to remember those who died due to utility shutoffs by Bruce Checefsky (Plain Press, October 2021)           Seven deaths from hypothermia were reported during a single month earlier this year after utility companies shut heat off in the middle of the winter to customers unable to pay their bills. … Continue reading

Facing Eviction? Legal Aid Can Help!

Facing Eviction? Legal Aid Can Help! by Tonya Sams      On August 26, the Supreme Court’s decision not to extend the federal eviction moratorium has left many tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic fearful of losing their housing. Northeast Ohioans at risk of eviction can get help through the new Free Eviction Help … Continue reading

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