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Guiding Families to a Fair Day in Court

The New York Times

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Millions of families of arrested individuals do not know what to do to help, how to obtain a lawyer, or what the process entails in the court system. Created by Albert Cobarrubius Justice Project, participatory defense is a type of community organizing that teaches and empowers people who face cr...

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Helping Brazil's Poor Heal at Home

The New York Times

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Physical illnesses trigger and exacerbate poverty because costs are too high to treat them. The Associação Saúde Criança in Rio de Janeiro counsels poor, urban families with ill children. Volunteers assist families with food, medicine, vocational training, housing, legal aid, among other services...

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When Lenders Won't Listen

The New York Times

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In part, miscommunication between bankers, brokers and homeowners created the 2008 economic crisis. Protection laws mandating better labeling and trusted third-party intermediaries could improve communication and help prevent another crisis.

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When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

The New York Times

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Being poor can make you sick because of where you work, live and eat. Medical-legal partnerships, in hospitals U.S. cities, are attacking these social determinants through legal aid to the poor, often class-action lawsuits.

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Why are low income students not showing up to college, even though they have been accepted?

The Hechinger Report

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Forty percent of low-income students accepted to college never start school because of a fear of debt and feelings they don't belong. A New York college access organization is using peer-mentoring to help perspective students jump over the hurtles.

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Why doctors are prescribing legal aid for patients in need

PBS NewsHour

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Many U.S. medical systems are using medical-legal partnerships to help disadvantaged patients who need help navigating problems with landlords and insurers that interfere with their health.

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How Former Prisoners are Set up to Fail, Especially if They're Women

Cosmopolitan

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A Department of Justice study reported that about 75 percent of those released in 2005 were rearrested, and women prisoners often have a harder time re-entering society after release. A New Way of Life (ANWOL) is a Los Angeles transitional living facility that has helped more than 750 women stay ...

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Can mobile homes save home ownership?

Deseret News

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Thirty-five percent of Americans will never own their home and risk a rent increase or eviction. Owned Communities USA enables working-class families to become home owners through manufactured homes, loans, and legal aid.

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Is there such thing as an affordable lawyer?

The Atlantic

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In the United States, legal costs have become prohibitively high. Several solutions—such as Rocket Lawyer, which provides counsel via the phone, or such as in the Netherlands, where non-lawyers can provide legal advice—may remedy the situation.

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Berlin's New Rent Control Laws Are Already Working

CityLab

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Berlin is Germany's number one real estate site, but rent prices had become increasingly unaffordable. A new law introduced in the city controls rental rates from skyrocketing.

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