Ashlyn*, a mom with two young children, came to Legal Services through our Equal Justice Works’ Lotus House project, sponsored by the Florida Bar Foundation. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was living in the shelter after being terminated from Section 8 for vacating her unit without providing proper notice. However, she left in order to escape domestic violence and keep her children safe. Due to this housing instability, Ashlyn’s children were placed in the care of family members.
Legal Services Attorney Jackie Ebert successfully appealed Ashlyn’s termination from Section 8, ultimately demonstrating that she had vacated the unit to escape domestic violence and that her actions were protected under the Violence Against Women’s Act. Legal Services also reached a settlement in the eviction case and obtained a dismissal.
Ashlyn is now out of the shelter and back in Miami Dade’s Section 8 program. She has moved into a new unit and as a result, her children have been returned to her care. She is also now able to maintain her work-from-home job, which was incredibly difficult to do while living at the shelter.
Thanks to our advocacy, this single mom and her young sons are once again together and will have long-term housing support through their reinstatement in subsidized housing.
When we help Moms like Ashlyn, we help their kids and families.
To apply for services, please visit https://www.legalservicesmiami.org/self-help or call 305-576-0080.
*Name changed to protect client confidentiality.