Remote court is now in session. But will defendants get a fair trial?

For a long time, Judge Michael Christofeno just didn’t see a place for online hearings in his courtroom. “I needed to see people in person in my courtroom or I wasn’t going to be able to have the capability to get a sense of how they’re testifying, their demeanor, whether they’re telling the truth... Continue reading >

Thousands in PA face eviction when protection expires Dec. 31

At least 240,000 Pennsylvania families are at risk of being put out on the street when a federal moratorium on rental evictions expires on Dec. 31, housing advocates estimate. “There’s a lot of uncertainty in terms of what’s going to happen” when the moratorium ends, said Phyllis Chamberlain,... Continue reading >

L.A. homeless sites ‘overwhelmed’ by COVID-19: ‘These are the toughest times’

Though infections among the homeless have generally lagged slightly below the county’s per capita rate, belying early predictions of devastating outbreaks in shelters and encampments, the December surge has brought a spike in the homeless numbers as well, further straining the overstretched... Continue reading >

Texas’ unemployment system is confusing and frustrating. Here’s how to navigate it.

More than 3.8 million Texans have applied for unemployment benefits since March, and we’ve heard from thousands who have struggled with their unemployment claims ever since. They have endured months of problems getting in touch with the TWC, been kicked off of additional weekly benefits and tried... Continue reading >

DNA People's Legal Services prepares those in Flagstaff for end of federal eviction moratorium

A local legal aid program has been trying to help people and families stay in their homes for as long as they can during the pandemic, ahead of the expiration of the federal moratorium on evictions that is set for the end of the year. Faith Van Horn, an attorney for DNA People's Legal Services,... Continue reading >

‘Just scraping by’: Pennsylvania families waiting on additional SNAP benefits as court fight continues

Eber, a single mom living in McKees Rocks, was laid off from her customer service job because of the coronavirus pandemic. She is looking for work but said she and her daughter are struggling. “It’s been rough,” she said. Enhanced unemployment benefits over the spring and summer helped, but when... Continue reading >

Senate leaders named, panel to review COVID-19 response

A new state Senate committee will review Florida’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and plan for future emergencies, President Wilton Simpson announced Wednesday as he made more leadership appointments for the next two years. The Trilby Republican named Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, to... Continue reading >

Cleveland’s historic Legal Aid Society surges with the pandemic

Early in the pandemic, on the verge of turning 70, Susan Steels lost her long-time job as a chef. Meanwhile, her partner’s business of party planning went the way of most parties, and he had a stroke. The bills began to pile up. The mortgage payments looked unpayable. So, the South Euclid woman... Continue reading >

Evictions filed before mid-March will be allowed to resume in Miami-Dade County, we have resources that can help

Florida’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures expired at the end of September after Governor Ron DeSantis did not extend the executive order that has been in place since April. Since then, enforcement of eviction orders has resumed in some counties. “It’s really a bad spiral for our economy if... Continue reading >

Legal advocacy group aims to close loophole in state eviction moratorium

A legal advocacy group is working to close a loophole that allows landlords to evict tenants despite the State Supreme Court's moratorium on evictions. “That's a public health issue,” said Tom Prettyman, with New Mexico Legal Aid. P rettyman, who is the managing attorney for the Albuquerque Office... Continue reading >