The Cleveland Homeless
Legal Assistance Program (CHLAP) is a partnership program of the Cleveland
Metropolitan Bar Association's Committee to Aid the Homeless and the Northeast Ohio
Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH). CHLAP aims to provide pro bono legal
assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals. Volunteers provide a variety of
services, including shelter site intake interviews, brief advice and
information service, and direct representation in matters requiring further
service. Volunteers help individuals with civil legal issues, including
driver's license reinstatement, credit problems, criminal record expungement,
landlord-tenant problems, public benefits and family law. Training, resources
and mentors are available to volunteers. Malpractice insurance coverage is
also available through the program's volunteer policy.
also has expanded, through partnerships with area organizations to serve the
unmet legal needs of those involved in the criminal justice system or
returning from prison as they navigate the challenges of reentry into jobs
and the community.
Visitors to the CMBA offices from Nov. 15
through Dec. 30 can enjoy "Portraits of Homelessness." This powerful and
moving gallery displays photos and stories of the men at Lutheran Metropolitan
Ministry’s 2100 Lakeside, Ohio’s largest homeless shelter.
“In these portraits of homelessness we can see a powerful
microcosm of humanity and society - strength and frailty, brokenness and
resilience, hope and sorrow, and indeed potential.” -- Michael Sering, VP on
Housing and Shelter for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
CHLAP is in need of volunteer lawyers to assist with the clinics
and accept ongoing representation. CHLAP offers training and support to new
volunteers, who may choose to shadow experienced volunteers or be accompanied
by another volunteer for their first few sessions. Attorneys may volunteer at
varying levels of commitment, from helping with intake interviews and
providing brief advice to accepting referrals for direct extended
To learn more about the volunteer experience or to
sign up, click
here or contact CHLAP Committee Chair Melissa Zujkowski by email
or by calling (216) 583-7364.
Legal Aid Society of
Cleveland - Brief Advice Clinics
calendar of upcoming brief advice/intake clinics, please visit the Legal Aid
website at www.lasclev.org.
Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center clinic dates (1:00-4:00
p.m.) - 2nd Wednesday of every month