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Section 8 Scammers Cheat People Seeking HousingPrintE-mailPDF

12 June 2015

June 5, 2015


If you’re looking for Section 8 housing assistance, here’s something you need to know: scammers have made websites that look like registration sites for Section 8 waiting list lotteries. If you pay a fee or give your personal information, the scammers will take it. And you still won’t be on a real Section 8 waiting list. In fact, there is no fee to register for a Section 8 waiting list.

If you search online for the Section 8 voucher waiting list, the top search results often are bogus sites. The sites look very real: their names may say “Section 8,” and they might show an Equal Housing Opportunity logo. They ask for fees and your personal information, like your Social Security number, but they won’t do anything for you. The scammers will keep your money and disappear. They also may give your personal information to identity thieves.

Here’s the real way things work: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Section 8 program gives funding to local government housing authorities. The local authorities issue housing choice vouchers to help people find housing in privately-owned rental units. To get on the waiting list for a voucher, find your local housing authority and call or email them. Ask how to sign up for the Section 8 waiting list lottery in your area. As I said, there is no fee to register.

In another twist, some fake sites list Section 8 properties that supposedly are available. They promise you can rent one, if you pay the first month’s rent via wire transfer or a prepaid card. The properties might exist, but the ads are fakes placed by scammers. If you pay, you just lose your money.

People have lost money and personal information to scammers – but they’ve also lost the chance to be in the actual lottery. Most people don’t realize they’ve been scammed until after the waiting list is closed.

Keep these tips in mind to avoid a Section 8 lottery scam:

  • Contact your local housing authority to find out how to register for the Section 8 waiting list lottery. You’ll find their email and phone number on the HUD site. Follow their instructions to sign up.
  • Housing authorities do not charge fees, and they won’t reach out to you by phone or email to suggest that you join a waiting list. A housing authority also will never ask you to wire money or pay with a prepaid card. Those are sure signs of a scam.
  • Treat your Social Security number and other personal information (say, credit card numbers), like cash. Don’t give them out on a website you find through a search.
  • Have you seen this kind of scam? File a complaint with the FTC and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Some people have gotten help from the Better Business Bureau, so you also can file a complaint there.

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Free Wills ClinicsPrintE-mailPDF

09 January 2014

Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. will be hosting Wills Clinics at its Akron, Canton and Youngstown offices in January, April, July and October.

We assist with simple estate planning, including Wills, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, and Transfer on Death Affidavits for property.

These are not walk-in clinics. Clients must register ahead of time. To register and to get more information about the date, time and location of the clinic, call 1-877-998-9454.



11 September 2013


AKRON, Ohio — Paul Zindle, staff attorney on the Preserving the Home team at Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. (CLAS), will receive the Legal Advocacy award at the Legacy III Community Awards 2013 Dinner in Akron, Ohio on Friday, Sept. 20.

The event publicly recognizes those who empower others to achieve a higher quality of life.  Zindle is being recognized as an unsung hero for his housing work in the community by Legacy III, a supportive housing services organizations that assists homeless women in achieving personal freedom from disabling conditions and maintain self-sufficiency.
CLAS Executive Director Sara Strattan said, “We are pleased that Paul’s hard work on behalf of women in the community to help them preserve or stabilize their housing is being appropriately recognized, and we continue to value the exceptional service he provides to clients.”
Zindle joined CLAS in 2007 after working for the Ashtabula County Public Defender.  His work strives to improve the lives of low income, senior and disabled individuals and families by providing them access to justice through the court system. He has successfully represented clients at the municipal, common pleas, and appellate court level throughout the region, as well as federal district court and the Ohio Court of Claims. In 2011, he obtained the first appellate decision in the State of Ohio allowing the sealing of the record of a minor misdemeanor conviction when the applicant has a prior or subsequent conviction. Additionally, he has represented CLAS in the Supreme Court of Ohio through friend of the court briefs, successfully advocating for the rights of alleged incompetents in guardianship proceedings, the privacy rights of Ohio students and the rights of parties in foreclosure.
He has also represented victims of domestic violence in civil protection order proceedings and divorces to help separate them from their abusers, and has represented low income, senior and disabled individuals and families in various types of housing cases to help preserve or stabilize their housing.  His work has included not only working with local domestic violence shelters, but also with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and U.S. Marshalls to recover an abducted child out of state.

Zindle serves as a Barrister for the Scanlon/Bell Inn of Court, as a coach for The University of Akron School of Law teams competing in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and previously coached teams in the National Moot Court Competition.

Additionally, he is a Teen Court Volunteer at Summit County Juvenile Court. He frequently gives Continuing Legal Education presentations on housing, family law and other topics in the Akron area on behalf of CLAS and the Akron Bar Association. He is a member of the Akron Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
He earned a Juris Doctor degree and Litigation Certificate from The University of Akron School of Law in 2006, where he won multiple awards in the National Moot Court Competition and the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition. He completed clinical externships with The Honorable Alice M. Batchelder of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and The Honorable John R. Adams of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, where he majored in Economics in Business.
In his spare time, Zindle enjoys running, biking, skiing and boating and fishing around the Lake Erie Islands.
About Legacy III
For more information about Legacy III and the dinner, visit
About Community Legal Aid
Established in 1952, Community Legal Aid provides civil legal services to low-individuals and families as well as seniors in eight central Northeast Ohio counties: Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne. More information can be found by visiting
Those with a civil legal problem may apply for help on the website, or call the HelpLine: 1-800-998-9454 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. & Friday 9 a.m. to noon.

Community Legal Aid Seeks VolunteersPrintE-mailPDF

29 August 2013

Community Legal Aid, a non-profit law firm serving the civil legal needs of the low income community, is seeking volunteers for the Volunteer Advocacy Legal Unit (VALU) Program in Mahoning County.

Volunteers assist victims of domestic violence throught the court process of obtaining a civil protection order. 

Trainng for volunteers is completed in an eight hour period and is next scheduled for October 9, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those interested in learning more about the program or registering for training should contact Jackie Tate, Community Legal Aid paralegal, at 330.744.3196 ext. 2559

Low-income individuals with a legal problem should call the Commumity Legal Aid Helpline at 1.800.998.9454 or visit


Akron Bar Foundation Supports Summer Law Student ProgramPrintE-mailPDF

16 August 2013

This year, the Summer Law Student Program at Community Legal Aid was generously supported by a $5,000 grant from the Akron Bar Foundation.

As the charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association, the Foundation strives to improve the quality of justice and the image of lawyers through the support of law related and public service programs primarily directed to the Akron Metropolitan area.

Twelve interns, represented by law schools across Ohio, have worked with Community Legal Aid staff attorneys for ten weeks to help ensure family safety and stability, preserve homes and provide access to justice throughout central northeast Ohio. They are Michaela Bailey, Ian Bangachon, Scott Gladden, Erin Kampschmidt, Bryan Meek, Mark Palermo, Jessica Riendeau, Matthew Simpson, Rachel Smick, Daniel Vallejo, Grace Wang, and Chong Won.

“I chose to intern at Community Legal Aid this summer because I want to use my legal education to help people resolve legal problems that are preventing them from achieving a better quality of life,” said Jessica Riendeau, who will be starting her second year of law school at Cleveland Marshall School of Law. “I want to focus my law career in family law and helping victims of domestic violence,” she said. “I feel that Community Legal Aid will provide me with hands-on experience and an understanding of the most effective ways to assist victims.”

Intern Chong Won, who is expected to graduate from The University of Akron School Law in December of this year, started volunteering with Community Legal Aid in 2012. “When the summer internship opportunity arose, I was very excited to continue working with Attorney Koula Glaros King in helping those with immigration issues.”

“The Akron Bar Foundation’s generous grant allows us to provide a strong and successful Summer Intern program,” Executive Director Sara Strattan says. “We are so grateful to the  Foundation for its support.”


Lombardi named Community Legal Aid Volunteer of the YearPrintE-mailPDF

21 May 2013

Each year Community Legal Aid recognizes outstanding volunteer attorneys, throughout our 8-county service region, who contribute their time and efforts to the Volunteer Legal Services Program.  In Portage county, Richard C. Lombardi has been honored as a 2012 Volunteer of the Year.


from Youngstown Daily Legal News, May 17, 2013:

Richard C. Lombardi has no complaints. Happily married with two children, a memorable childhood and a successful law practice, the 67-year-old Munroe Falls resident says it is because of his contented life that he feels compelled to help those who are less fortunate.

Lombardi’s efforts to make the community a better place have not gone unnoticed.

He was named Community Legal Aid’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012 at the May 2 Portage County Bar Association Law Day dinner at Fairways at Twin Lakes in Kent.

“I’m very humbled by it,” Lombardi said. “I just try to give back to people who are in need. I have been lucky. I’ve had a good practice, good parents, and I’ve been blessed in a lot of ways.”

Read the full article by clicking here.


Community Legal Aid Receives $5,000 grant from the United States District Court, Northern District of OhioPrintE-mailPDF

10 May 2013

Community Legal Aid Receives Grant for Bankrutpcy By-Pass Clinic

from Community Legal Aid, May 9, 2013:

Community Legal Aid recently received a $5,000 grant from the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio’s Attorney Admissions Fund for “Peace of Mind,” a Bankruptcy By-Pass program.

The by-pass program, launched in 2013, helps uncollectible low-income people communicate their financial status to their creditors and demand an end to collection efforts as permitted under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Many low-income people who are subject to unrelenting collection efforts by debt collectors file for bankruptcy even though their income and assets are low enough to be protected by Ohio law. They choose to file bankruptcy even though it is not necessary to protect their income or
assets because they want to stop the constant harassment of collectors.

Eligible clients, pre-screened by the Community Legal Aid HelpLine staff, come to the clinic for a class, consultation and help communicating with collection agencies. The clinic is staffed by Community Legal Aid’s Volunteer Legal Services Program and its volunteer attorneys. Law students from The University of Akron School of Law also assist with the clinic.

“A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can only be filed once every eight years, so it is important not to file unless absolutely necessary,” says Sara E. Strattan, Community Legal Aid Executive Director.

“This clinic truly gives clients peace of mind,” she says. “We are grateful to the Attorney Admissions Fund of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio for choosing to fund this unique and important program.”

Low-income individuals and seniors living in Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne with a legal problem should call the Community Legal Aid Services HelpLine at 1.800.998.9454 or visit

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