April 2012
bttopCleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program
Issue No. 18
New Featured Partner: Dominion East Ohio 
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CHLAP is pleased to announce the addition of a new partner, Dominion East Ohio.  The Dominion East Ohio legal department has agreed to handle all intake and advice needs at the North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center at East 55th Street.  Intake will take place on the second Wednesday of every month from 1-4 p.m.


This partnership will allow the attorneys who had been handling intake at North Star to be redeployed at another intake site, supplementing numbers of volunteers where needed and allowing CHLAP to explore the opening of new intake sites in the Cleveland area to address the growing needs of the local homeless population.  Dominion East Ohio volunteers and North Star volunteers will continue to work together onsite during the transition.


We thank and welcome Dominion East Ohio volunteers Lessie Milton Jones and Teirra Everette. 

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CMBA's Fourth Annual Fair Housing Forum & CLE

Presented by the Government Attorney Section of the CMBA & the Greater Cleveland Fair Housing Consortium


Friday, April 20, 2012 - Submitted for 2 CLE Hours

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1301 E. 9th Street - 2nd Level
Registration: 11:45 a.m.; Lunch at Noon; Seminar: 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 

Featuring Panel Discussion: Reentry Realities, Challenges, and the Road to a Brighter Future

  • Ronnie Dunn, PhD (Assistant Professor, College of Urban Affairs): Framing the Issue: Mass Incarceration, Reentry, and Collateral Sanctions - How Did We Get Here
  • Edward Little (Policy Analyst & Legislative Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Office on Reentry): State-wide & Local Efforts to Address Reentry and Collateral Sanctions
  • Maria A. Smith (Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland): A Practitioner's Experience: Issues in Housing Faced by Persons with Criminal Records
  • Hilary King, Esq. (Exec. Dir., Housing Research & Advocacy Center): Fair Housing and Reentry - the Impact on Availability of Housing
  • Charles Bradford (Employment Specialist, Salvation Army): Challenges in Reentering the Workforce; Professional and Personal Perspective
  • Seminar Chair: Lisa Gold-Scott, Assistant Director of Law, City of Shaker Heights

For more information and to register, click here.


Upcoming clinics & events


Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Clinics

For a calendar of Legal Aid brief advice/intake clinics, please visit the Legal Aid website at www.lasclev.org

Cleveland Lawyers' Initiative on Reentry (CLIR)
Brief Advice/Intake Clinics

North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Second Wednesday of the month
Periodic training sessions for new volunteers TBA - call Brian Lamb at (216) 566-5590 for more information.
In the News 


Mental Health Funding Cuts Shut Down Agency Serving Poor

On April 4, WKYC Channel 3 reported that after seven years of major budget cuts and millions of dollars in debt, Bridgeway, Inc. has been forced to shut its doors.  Bridgeway has provided mental health services, counseling and treatment centers for impoverished locals, but the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board declined to provide gap funding to keep Bridgeway running longer.  The ADAMHS has temporarily taken over operations and pledges to try to keep helping Bridgeway's hundreds of clients. A provider fair will be held April 10 to connect clients with agencies stepping up to fill the gap. Mental health programs have been among those getting the deepest cuts in state funding, creating what providers have called a crisis in mental health services. 

Click here for full article.

Ohio City Homeless Housing Plan Stirs Heated Debate
On March 25, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Cleveland City Councilmen Joe Cimperman and Matt Zone say they fully support a plan to create housing on Lorain Avenue to support homeless men who are fighting addiction. The Cleveland Housing Network has an option to purchase the property, a closed-down Hollywood Video store, and has submitted an application to the Ohio Housing Finance Authority for funding for the project. However, some in the community object to the project, claiming the means by which it was initially approved by members of the Ohio City Development Corp.'s board unfairly excluded opponents.  Former U.S. Rep. Mary Rose Oakar, an Ohio City resident, also has been opposed to the plan because there already is a plethora of social services in the neighborhood and because vacant lots are available elsewhere on Lorain. Cimperman said the development would rid the area of a trouble spot, replicate a housing model that has worked well in a number of other locations in Cleveland and other cities, and provide vital services to those who might otherwise be homeless.
Click here for full article.

In This Issue
Fair Housing Forum & CLE
Upcoming clinics & events
In the News
New Volunteers
Updated JE Forms
2012 Intake Schedule
Archived Newsletters
Welcome New Volunteers!
  • Sheila M. Sexton, McNamara & Loxterman
  • Peter F. Shenyey
  • Ann DeWerth
  • Donna M. Busser, Auditor of the State of Ohio
  • Lessie Milton Jones, Dominion East Ohio Gas
  • Teirra Everette, Dominion East Ohio Gas
Updated Ohio Driver's License Handbook 2012
Volunteers may wish to update their attorney manual with the Ohio Driver's License Handbook, a practical guide updated January 2012 by Garfield Heights Judge Deborah J. Nicastro and Magistrate Robert G. Walton. 

To download the handbook, please click here
Updated JE Forms
Please note that the following updated domestic relations forms are available for download (click on title):
2012 Intake Schedule
For the current 2012 Intake Schedule, please click here.  If you have not done so already, please review the posted schedule and contact Melissa Zujkowski if you need to make an adjustment.
Phone: (216) 583-7364
Archived CHLAP Newsletters

Issue 17 - February/March 2012

Issue 16 - January 2012

Issue 15 - December 2011

Issue 14 - November 2011

Issue 13 - October 2011

Issue 12 - September 2011
Issue 11 - August 2011
Issue 10 - June/July 2011
Issue 9 - May 2011
Issue 8 - April 2011
Issue 7 - March 2011
Issue 6 - February 2011
Issue 5 - January 2011
Issue 4 - December 2010
Issue 3 - November 2010
Issue 2 - October 2010
Issue 1 - September 2010 

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Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program
This partnership between the CMBA and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless aims to serve those in the community in need of help but least able to access legal assistance. Volunteer lawyers staff regularly scheduled sessions at many locations throughout Cleveland, including homeless shelters, to provide legal advice and assistance to homeless or at-risk individuals. Attorneys volunteer at varying levels of commitment, from helping with intake interviews and providing brief advice to accepting referrals for direct extended representation.

Visit CHLAP online - click here for the latest updates, volunteer materials, and other information.

A program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association  

1301 East 9th Street, Second Level - Cleveland, OH 44114

Tel.: 216.696.3525, Web: www.clemetrobar.org  


CHLAP Newsletter author:

Jessica Paine, Assistant Director of Community Programs & Information

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 

Tel.: 216.696.3525, Email: jpaine@clemetrobar.org 

We welcome your comments and suggestions!