Fighting for the educational rights of children

Our children—they’re our hope, our future and the promise of a better, brighter tomorrow. Each and every child deserves a quality education. However, the unfortunate truth is that many children, especially those from low-income families, are being educationally underserved right here in the tri-county area.

Numerous students fall short in school because they aren’t receiving appropriate special education services. Children are entitled to necessary special education services by federal and state laws. Oftentimes, however, students are wrongfully denied of proper assessment for such services or the services themselves.

Also at high risk are students with truancy issues. While truancy is a common reason for suspension and expulsion, these disciplinary measures only make problems worse for parents and students. In fact, students who don’t attend school regularly are more likely to face the criminal justice system.

Children deserve better, and we at LAD are working to ensure that their voices are heard and that their rights are protected. At LAD, we are developing a program to proudly advocate on behalf of students and parents to reduce school suspensions or expulsions resulting from behaviors attributed to medical, mental health or disciplinary issues. More specifically, we help eligible children aged 5-18 and their parents who are facing disciplinary procedures through school and/or are denied rightful special education services by offering the following at no cost:

  • Legal advice
  • Advocacy services
  • Legal rights information
  • Legal representation (when appropriate)

If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and believe you could benefit from our services, please call (877) 964-4700 or (313) 967-5670. Or, click the button below for information on the online application process.

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Pathways to Safety: Protecting those victimized by human trafficking

Alarmingly, about 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. And sadly, Michigan registers one of the highest rates for this serious crime. The good news is, special immigration status (T, U or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status nonimmigrant visas) may be available for victims who are foreign nationals. Obtaining these visas can empower victims, allowing them to receive the rightful protection and benefits they are entitled to under federal and state law.

At LAD, we are honored to be developing Pathways to Safety, a program that will provide legal services to victims of human trafficking at no cost in order to ensure their emotional and physical well-being. Besides helping with immigration relief, including obtaining visas, we can assist with other civil legal matters, including the following:

  • Personal protection orders
  • Employment issues
  • Access to medical care
  • Public benefits
  • Divorce
  • Child custody and child support issues

LAD will also help connect victims of human trafficking with resources that may assist with securing safe, suitable housing and living situations, financial stability, and access to mental and medical health services.

If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and believe you could benefit from our Pathways to Safety program, please call (877) 964-4700 or (313) 967-5670. Or, click the button below for information on the online application process.

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Helping community members stay in their homes

Everyone needs safe and suitable housing, whether they own a home or rent one. When homelessness threatens, we at LAD help clients free of charge through eviction diversion programs and mortgage/tax foreclosure prevention.

Landlord-tenant program

Our landlord-tenant program, the first of its kind in our area, assists landlords and tenants in resolving rental situations without a credit-damaging court judgment for the tenant. On the hearing date, we provide advice to clients, negotiation services and representation.

This program is voluntary and designed to benefit both tenants and landlords. Typically, tenants receive financial assistance to prevent eviction, and our staff negotiates a conditional dismissal with the landlord.

Foreclosure programs

Our Foreclosure Education and Assistance Program provides direct counsel and full-scale legal representation to those at risk of losing their homes because of mortgage or tax foreclosure. We have been able to save many homes through litigation, negotiation and counsel. In addition, this program provides housing counselors who provide relevant resources and education.

LAD also participates in the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project. This statewide collaborative of legal services providers and housing counselors is dedicated to providing legal assistance and resources to individuals jeopardized by foreclosure.

Temporary housing

LAD also assists those who have suffered eviction and are homeless, helping them obtain temporary shelter through the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) while they get back on their feet.

If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and believe you could benefit from our assistance, please call (877) 964-4700 or (313) 967-5670. Or, click the button below for information on the online application process.

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Helping low-income patients with medical-related legal issues

Oftentimes, getting better and staying well can be a struggle for individuals with low incomes because they don’t receive the health care services they need or they lack the resources (such as adequate food, shelter or transportation) to appropriately recuperate. To assist these persons, we at LAD have joined forces with Beaumont Health System to create Legal Aid for Children and Families (LACF)—the largest medical-legal partnership in Michigan. This on-site partnership adds the legal service provider to the patient’s larger medical treatment team at no cost, with the goal of improving the overall health and welfare of low-income children and families treated within the hospital system.

LACF enhances health outcomes for many vulnerable individuals in the tri-county area by providing medical-legal services related to the following:

  • Health care access
  • Food insecurity
  • Housing and utility needs
  • Education and employment
  • Legal status
  • Personal and family stability

Additionally, LACF helps patients to obtain income support and health insurance by providing legal advice, services and representation related to public benefit programs through the Social Security Administration, Medicaid and Medicare. Securing retroactive Medicaid and/or Medicare benefits for patients is likewise an important goal, as these benefits often allow patients to access critical medical treatment and prescriptions.

If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and believe you could benefit from our medical-legal partnership, please call (877) 964-4700 or (313) 967-5670. Or, click the button below for information on the online application process.

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Making public benefits programs accessible to those in need

At LAD, we fight to obtain a range of public benefits for those who have fallen on hard times, as well as individuals who cannot support themselves appropriately due to developmental, mental or physical disabilities. From income support to food assistance to medical insurance to disability benefits and other related resources, we are humbled to help our area’s most vulnerable residents obtain rightful public aid and assistance.

Specifically speaking, we can help individuals gain access to and assistance from the following programs at no cost:

  • Supplementary security income (SSI)
  • Social Security disability (SSD)
  • Family independence program
  • Food stamp project
  • Medicare or Medicaid
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Additional related programs

If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties and believe you could benefit from our assistance, please call (877) 964-4700 or (313) 967-5670. Or, click the button below for information on the online application process.

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