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Vickers

LEGAL AID STOPS TENANTS’ EVICTION FROM FORECLOSED HOME

The Vickers were long-time tenants of a house in Independence with their four children and Mrs. Vickers suffered from a chronic illness. Although they paid rent reliably every month, the landlord defaulted on the mortgage so the bank foreclosed on the property.

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LEGAL AID DEFENDS BILL AND JOHN AGAINST THEIR UNFAIR LANDLORD

Bill and John rented a mobile home and lot from their landlord. Bill also worked for the landlord in the mobile home park. Bill’s landlord systematically underpaid him for his work and discounted his hours unfairly.

Mario

MARIO EXPOSED A.D.A. VIOLATIONS & AVOIDED EVICTION – THANKS TO HELP FROM HIS LEGAL AID ATTORNEY

Mario is a disabled resident of a HUD subsidized multi-family unit. His unit was advertised as an “ADA” unit, one of four in the complex. In fact, the unit violated numerous ADA standards.

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MEDICAL LEGAL PARTNERSHIP HELPS MARVA RETAIN HER SECTION 8 VOUCHER

Marva was the primary caretaker for her grandson, Frankie. She was at risk of losing her Section 8 voucher because she could not prove that she had legal guardianship of Frankie.

In the Spotlight

VETERANS RELIEF PROJECT By Maura Weber – Project Director In October 2013 I was proud to be named the first project director of Legal Aid’s Veterans Relief Project. There are an estimated 1,400 homeless veterans in the Kansas City metro area. Many of these Veterans have legal problems impeding their ability to obtain or maintain [...]

LEGAL AID TRANSFORMS PUBLIC HOUSING IN KANSAS CITY The transformation of public housing in Kansas City began in 1989 when Julie Levin, the Managing Attorney of the Central Office of Legal Aid of Western Missouri, filed the Tinsley vs. Kemp et al lawsuit in Federal District Court on behalf of public housing tenants and applicants. [...]

CONSOLIDATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DOCKET IS NOW THE NORM The past few decades have seen dramatic changes in the response to domestic violence in states and communities throughout the United States. Some of the earliest efforts to improve Kansas City’s response came out of Legal Aid of Western Missouri in the mid-1980s. Legal Aid staff was [...]

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