There's no "standard" eviction case. Every case that comes to LCBH has a story behind it. Every eviction affects an individual or family in different, but equally profound, ways. While a judge may not give a tenant time to tell his story at court, here at LCBH we do. These are just a few of our clients who have been fortunate enough to work with our pro bono partners in the past:
Alice Patterson is a single mother who suffered kidney failure a few years ago and now undergoes dialysis treatment three times a week. Her 22 year old son, Miles, is a devoted child who visits her weekly to help out around the home.
Alice's world was turned upside down on New Year's Eve 2011 when Miles was mistakenly arrested and charged with possession of a handgun while attending a New Year's Eve party. After a quick criminal trial he was found not guilty, and what was clearly a case of mistaken identity seemed to have been neatly wrapped up.
Not for Alice, however. Even though Miles was found not guilty, and even though the arrest occurred six miles away from Renee's home, her management company filed an eviction case against her. They accused her of inviting over guests who engaged in criminal activity.
Two legal interns took this case and represented Ms. Patterson in her eviction case. Through their diligent research and advocacy, they settled the case on very favorable terms and Ms. Patterson was able to stay in her home and keep her subsidy.
Frances Roberts is a senior citizen whose mother passed away last fall. In the immediate aftermath of her mother's death, Frances offered to take in her mother's pet dog until a permanent home could be found.
Frances' management company contacted her and asked her to remove the dog from the premises and she complied the very next day. This wasn't fast enough to appease her landlords who filed an eviction case against her anyway.
An LCBH volunteers handled Frances’ case and got the case dismissed based on the management company's mishandling of Frances' rent checks.
Tara Manning lives in a CHA building with her two teenage sons. Last summer, one of the building's security guards accused her older son of smoking marijuana and called the police. Two officers investigated and found that he was innocent. Tara Manning's 17-year old son, angry about being wrongfully accused of a crime, swore as he was leaving the security guard's office. One week later, management filed an eviction case against the family for using profane language.
Tara's son is an honor student at his high school who plans to attend college next year. Tara was very worried about having to move mid-year and disrupt his schooling. With the help of a pro bono attorney, Tara will be able to settle her case and stay in her apartment until her son graduates from high school.