Our clients face multiple challenges: eviction, foreclosure, consumer scams, a lack of public benefits they’re owed, and so much more. Every day we are inspired by their courage and resilience.
64-year-old Ms. T was facing eviction. She was also in hospice and has two sons, both disabled, one confined to a bed. Ms. T paid her rent devotedly, but the local housing authority’s voucher program withheld more than $6,300 in back rent due to housing code violations in the unit. In addition, her family was not receiving the proper level of home health care assistance. Through a combined effort of LCE’s Alternatives Project, the D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and law firm Covington & Burling, Ms. T and her sons were spared eviction and are receiving better home health care services. They now live in a wheelchair accessible unit complete with an elevator, which better suits their medical conditions. The team visited the family recently and learned that our elderly client is no longer in hospice due to improvements in her medical condition contributed in part, to her new living conditions.
60-year-old Mr. C. had no job, no money, no home. What he did have were debilitating health problems and drug and alcohol addictions. Back pain and a degenerative joint disease prevent Mr. C from working. “I hit rock bottom,” said the Navy veteran. Today, he is on a path lined with hope. Legal Counsel for the Elderly secured a $1,400 monthly pension he was entitled to through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, plus more than $12,000 in retroactive benefits. The LCE team was “compassionate enough to stick with me,” he says. “They were like quiet angels.”
“They prevented my eviction,” said Mr. J, an elder whose rent and monthly income are only $200 apart. LCE’s Alternatives to Land - lord Tenant Court Project enlisted an army of help for Mr. J, consisting of LCE attorneys, social workers, and general staff, plus AARP Community Builders, who donated their time to help in LCE’s efforts. LCE is helping Mr. J with medical advocacy and is supporting his efforts to obtain necessary repairs to his apartment. He is also receiving tax assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. Mr. J continues to work part time in order to try to make ends meet, and we are committed to working with this resilient elder and his faith community, to find more affordable and supportive housing. Mr. J, who is a fountain of local and national history, dreams of working at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open September 2016.