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To us, advocacy is a group effort.

Prevent homelessness and protect renters from unhealthy living conditions. Protect veterans and independence and self-determination for seniors. Ensure access to healthcare and education. Support a level playing field in financial transactions. Lift up the voices of people often unheard and left behind.

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Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) is a non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in Ohio achieve self-reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.

LAWO provides legal assistance in civil (non-criminal) cases that protect the rights of individuals and promote systemic change in the areas of civil rights and poverty law.

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Driver's License Legal Clinics

Removing Barriers to Employment

Nearly 2000 people helped during driver's license clinics

SAFE Program Collaboration

Services to End Domestic Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Safety and Accessibility For Everyone

RISE Project

Victims' rights assertion and enforcement, in partnership with NCVLI and OCVJC

Rights in Systems Enforced

Going Virtual During COVID-19

We worked fast to continue legal assistance and to provide legal rights information to people in crisis - virtually.

When COVID-19 left many unemployed, facing an increased risk of abuse, home-schooling, and at risk of losing their housing, LAWO advocates stepped up with continued advocacy, virtual clinics and information sessions.

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There are funds available to help tenants pay any rent they owe to their landlords which will ensure their landlords are made whole. This idea of Pay-to-Stay is crucial in ensuring housing stability, limiting the spread of COVID for tenants who may struggle to find new available housing, and ensures landlords receive their owed rent. Community action agencies in each county have access to funding from the federal government that tenants can use to pay back rent and other housing costs, ensuring they can remain in their home.

To find your Community Action Agency go to: Find more information, rental assistance program referrals, or apply for legal help on the Legal Aid Line