Ashley Richardson

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
  • Sponsored by Ohio Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Law school The University of Michigan Law School
  • Issue area Education/Special Education, Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Ashley increased access to safe, habitable housing and quality educational opportunities for low-income families through the use of legal representation, policy advocacy, and community outreach.

Almost one third of all Ohio renters struggle financially each month to meet their housing needs. For those seeking affordable housing, the demand severely outpaces the supply and the waitlists are extremely long. As a result, low-income families face substantial hurdles to retain safe and affordable housing. When families experience housing issues, their children’s attendance at school suffers, jeopardizing their chances of graduating and perpetuating the cycle of poverty in these families.

Fellowship Highlights

During Ashley’s Fellowship, Ashley:

  • Consulted with community organizations based in housing and education to determine specific nuanced needs for advocacy and take initial steps to create partnerships with these organizations
  • Built on the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati’s contacts with Cincinnati Public School administrators to identify strategies to help students who are dealing with homelessness or unstable housing
  • Provided legal assistance to clients with their housing and education issues

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