Established 2015 Low-income residents of western Ohio, including Hancock County, turn to Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) for help with a variety of legal matters. Attorneys and other advocates help low-income individuals who have no other place to turn for legal assistance: families trying to prevent the loss of housing due to eviction or foreclosure; mothers seeking to protect themselves and their children from domestic abuse; veterans trying to secure income and other assistance for food and medication; and many others. The result is critical help for thousands of clients who face personal and family crises, who are struggling to meet their most basic human needs: housing, food, medical care, personal safety, and family stability. Most often, poverty, language and cultural barriers, low education levels, or limited access to social services are issues LAWOclients live with on a daily basis. This fund will support Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. and its programs that provide free, high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in Findlay and Hancock County achieve self-reliance, equal justice and economic opportunity.