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Housing: Advocacy Groups and Legal Services
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CCD Housing Task Force works with Congress and the Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) to increase access to decent, safe and affordable housing for people with disabilities to protect the rights guaranteed under the Fair Housing Act. The CCD Housing Task Force also works collaboratively with the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) to produce Opening Doors, a housing initiative for the disability community.
National Fair Housing Advocate offers current news and headlines concerning fair housing issues. They offer legal research tools, such as a case database and statutory material. Also, they have other resources including an event calendar, agency finder, job listings, helpful links and a discussion room.
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Tenants Action Group of Philadelphia addresses tenant problems through a self-help approach which combines counseling, education, organizing and advocacy. Direct services include, a Tenant Landlord Hotline, Tenants Rights Workshops, Housing Counseling, Homelessness Prevention Grants, Fair Housing Counseling, Transitional Housing for Homeless Families, and Housing for People with Special Needs, among others. For more information, call (215) 575-0700.
Tenants Union of Washington State "is a non-profit, membership-based organization that has been providing information to Washington State tenants and fighting for stronger tenants' rights since 1976." Their website features many helpful informational online brochures covering a wide variety of issues relating to the rental of an apartment. They also offer personal consultation through their Tenants Union Hotline, which can be accessed by calling (206) 723-0500 or (206) 723-0523 (TDD).
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Behavior Health/Homeless Outreach has a mission to provide individuals and families with advocacy and services that meet their basic needs so they may live with dignity. Their vision is they are a community in which each person envisions a future with hope. Their history is that they are Established in 1976. Community Advocates, Inc. is the largest human needs advocacy agency in Wisconsin. They are one of the few remaining community-based organizations of any kind that welcomes walk-in clients five days a week. For more information, contact them at 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee, WI 53233 or call for assistance at 414-449-4777.
Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association (MYLA) provides callers free legal information regarding landlord/tenant law in the State of Wisconsin. Fourteen pre-recorded topics such as "Return of security deposits," "Evictions," "Promises to repair," are available 24 hours per day at (414) 272-MYLA (Voice). An automated help-line informs callers where they can find additional help where volunteer attorneys staff the phone on Tuesday evenings between 5:00-7:00PM. For this hotline, call (414) 274-6767 (Voice).
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