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October, 2018

Pro Bono Program Gets Drivers Legally Back on Road

More than 200 people lined up inside Franklin County Municipal Court looking for a way to be lawfully behind the wheel after lengthy, sometimes years-long, entanglements. They were attempting to reinstate their licenses at a pilot program hosted by the court and several legal groups working pro bono.

“The procedure to get them [drivers’ licenses] reinstated is very, very complicated, and there are a number of steps they have to go through, and there are several different entities, [where] both the BMV and the court system may be involved in their license suspension,” said Sally Bloomfield, a pro bono attorney, who’s volunteered her legal services for decades.

The Franklin County Municipal Court Clerk’s Office, the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF), the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, and Ohio State Bar Association coordinated the event, which was set up with multiple stations among the facilitators to identify and fix issues that prevent people from having their licenses reinstated. Representatives from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Franklin County Job and Family Services, bankruptcy advisers, and an auto insurance company were among the others also on hand as part of a “one-stop shop.”

Read the entire story and watch the video at the Court News Ohio website.

 

Evicted: No Place to Call Home

In 2016, over 100,000 evictions were filed in Ohio alone. This week, Dr. Cody Price talks with Melissa Benson and Ben Horne from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to discuss eviction, homelessness and rising rent costs in Ohio. What is at the root of this housing instability, and how do we tackle these issues in a cost-effective and humane way?

For more from the Office of Housing Policy, visit our website and follow us on Twitter @ohiodoorsteps. To learn more about housing needs in Ohio, click here. For more information on eviction in the United States, visit the Eviction Lab’s website.

Contact the Legal Aid Society of Columbus by calling 614-241-2001 or visiting their website. You can also find them on Twitter @LASColumbus.

The views and opinions expressed in Doorsteps are those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

 

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