Public resources in the time of COVID-19 - full list here; how to donate here
For the community at large:
- Legal Aid will continue to serve clients, while at the same time being responsible and ensuring that they do everything possible to limit the odds of transmitting the virus. While all in-person intake clinics have been suspended temporarily, they continue to accept requests for help online and by phone – read more about their COVID-19 response here. Seek help from Legal Aid at lasclev.org or cal (216) 687-1900.
- Cleveland Pandemic Response (CPR) is a group of organizers and community members who are helping facilitate the exchange of services, donations and volunteer time in Northeast Ohio during the COVID-19 crisis. Residents can request help at cleveland.recovers.org.
- Childcare Request from CPR - click here
- Free child care for essential workers provided by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland - click here
- The Greater Cleveland Food Bank: greaterclevelandfoodbank.org
- Local free meals - click here
- If your employment situation has changed with the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). To apply for benefits, contact your local SNAP office - click here for Cuyahoga County.
- Basic needs items for families from Providence House - click here.
- Comcast to offer free broadband to low-income households amid Coronavirus crisis - click here
- COVID-19 interest-free emergency loans from HFLA of Northeast Ohio - click here
- If your financial situation has changed with the COVID-19 outreach, you may be eligible for Medicaid. Go to the Medicaid Eligibility website to see if you qualify and start the enrollment process.
- Many community health clinics offer free services or sliding fees, depending on your ability to pay. In Cuyahoga County, resources include Care Alliance or Neighborhood Family Practice.
- If you or a member of your family is undocumented, please do not forgo medical help! Learn more about how seeking treatment or preventative care will NOT affect your immigration status by clicking here.
- Check how your bank is responding to the coronavirus crisis - click here
Probate Court Brief Advice Clinics
The inaugural 2017-18 CMBA Leadership Academy class created and developed the idea for Probate Brief Advice Clinics in response to an urgent request by the Probate Court of the CMBA to partner in providing brief advice for pro se individuals in Cuyahoga County. The Court reported an overwhelming number of residents trying to navigate complex probate issues on their own, to their detriment and the Court’s. In addition to meeting an underserved public need, the Probate Clinic addresses an additional need in the CMBA membership by training new and inexperienced lawyers in the probate practice while allowing more experienced lawyers to use their knowledge and expertise to give back.
Clinics begin with a 1-1.5 hour free CLE presentation by the Probate Court judges and magistrates. The clinics are held quarterly and cover a different topic each quarter: guardianships, release of assets, and two sessions on full estate administration. The public is also invited to attend these presentations to learn more about the probate court and the legal issue at hand. After the presentation is complete, a newer lawyer is paired with an experienced lawyer, and they both are then matched with a member of the public coming to them with a legal question.
The Probate Court Brief Advice Clinics are programs of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.
The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.