Jeff was referred to Legal Aid by a community partner. His Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments had been suspended for an unknown reason. While his Legal Aid attorney was investigating his SSI benefits, she learned he also had an issue with his subsidized housing.
One of Legal Aid’s housing team attorneys accepted the housing case. Due to Jeff’s SSI payment suspension, he missed a few months’ rent, and the Housing Authority threatened to evict him if he did not pay all he owed, plus late fees.
While Jeff’s first Legal Aid attorney worked to get his SSI reinstated, his housing team attorney worked with the Housing Authority to complete a new budget that showed Jeff had no income. Jeff’s attorney then negotiated to allow him to pay the back-due rent without losing his home.
Both attorneys were successful. Jeff now receives SSI and is living in his apartment, clear of any debt to the Housing Authority.