Housing

Keely

Keely rented a duplex with her father and her three children for several years. The home was old and needed repair. When she discovered mold in it this past February, she notified the landlord immediately. Keely has several health conditions that leave her extremely vulnerable to mold-induced illness and other respiratory infections, so it was …

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Sophia

Sophia is a native Spanish speaker and mother of five. She and her children had been tenants for several years in a single-family home when she received a no-cause eviction notice. She called legal aid, and they connected her to a local pro bono attorney. He told Sophia that a law went into effect in …

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Thomas

Thomas suffers from many health issues, including bipolar disorder. The manager of his apartment complex served him with an unwarranted eviction notice after false rumors began circulating about him in the complex. Thomas had nowhere else to live and didn’t know what to do. Thomas’ housing advocate referred him to legal aid, and a legal …

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Jim

Jim was a homeless veteran diagnosed with chronic depression, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. Jim was living in his van and had been prescribed a companion animal by his doctor. His companion animal is a gentle American Staffordshire Terrier named Zeus. Jim applied for housing at an apartment complex after he learned he was eligible for …

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Sharon

Sharon and Bill are in their sixties and disabled. They live in a small community and were able to qualify for reduced-cost housing, which allows them to make ends meet with Social Security benefits. However, their landlord didn’t maintain the apartment. For almost two years, Sharon and Bill tried to get him to fix sparks …

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Nancy

Nancy lives with her husband and disabled child in a low-income housing complex. Three months after she signed a one-year lease, her landlord raised the rent. Nancy pointed out a clause in the lease that stated rent could not be raised for the duration of the lease. Her landlord claimed that she could do anything …

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Martin Family

The Martin Family has owned their home since 2003. A dishonest mortgage broker convinced them he could provide a fixed rate mortgage at 1.5%. In reality, their new mortgage was an “adjustable negative amortization loan,” a type of loan now barred by HUD. The family’s rate increased dramatically after only two weeks and a stiff …

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Charles

Charles, a developmentally delayed senior, almost lost his childhood home, the only place he had ever lived. When his parents passed away, Charles couldn’t afford the property taxes or the liens left by his parents’ medical bills. Legal aid was able to help. They filed a small estate affidavit, secured quitclaim deeds from his siblings, …

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Mims Family

Twenty years ago, the Mims family were threatened with foreclosure by lenders. Legal aid worked with the family and the loan servicing company to find solutions and save the property, keeping it in the Mims family’s hands. The historic homes are the oldest continuously black-owned homes in Eugene: they were originally purchased in the late …

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Gloria

Gloria lives in a small town and has six grandchildren. She and her husband, Sam, a military veteran, took out a mortgage on their home for roof and window repairs. Then Sam passed away. Gloria’s arthritis was so bad she couldn’t work, and her social security and VA benefits weren’t enough to pay both the …

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