Services Guidelines

Residency and Income:

CGLA is able to represent individuals who live in the city of Chicago with a household income less than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines and have a legal problem in one of our areas of practice. The following is an overview of the types of services provided by the interdisciplinary team at CGLA. Services include:

Housing:

  • CGLA represents individuals who are living in subsidized/public housing. This includes Section 8, CHA or HUD housing.
  • CGLA provides representation in the following types of cases:
    • Voucher termination. The basis for termination must be due to an arrest or conviction.
    • Denial of admission to subsidized/public housing. The basis for the denial must be due to an arrest or conviction.
    • Chancery cases. The case must be in chancery court due to a voucher termination that was a result of an arrest or conviction.
  • For housing assistance, please call 312-738-2452 ext. 443 and follow the given instructions.

Criminal Records:

  • CGLA represents individuals who are seeking a certificate or waiver because they are unable to clear their criminal record. CGLA determines eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
  • Representation is provided for individuals seeking representation for the following types of cases:
    • Expungement and Sealing
    • Healthcare waivers
    • Certificate of good conduct
    • Certificate of relief of disability
    • Certificate of eligibility for sealing
  • For criminal records assistance, please call 312-738-2452 ext. 426 and follow the given instructions.

Criminal Defense:

  • CGLA provides representation to individuals who were arrested in Chicago.
  • CGLA is unable to provide representation if you are being charged with one of the following:
    • DUI
    • Other traffic cases
    • Murder
    • Manslaughter
    • Sex crimes
    • Animal cruelty
  • CGLA determines eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Potential clients cannot have more than 3 felony convictions.
  • CGLA provides representation to individuals who are currently incarcerated.
     
  • For criminal defense assistance, please call 312-738-2452 ext. 436 and follow the given instructions.

Family:

  • CGLA provides representation to individuals who are responding to an Order of Protection, individuals seeking to discharge guardianship of their child, and individuals seeking to establish parentage.
  • CGLA is unable to provide representation for the following types of cases:
    • Divorce
    • Establishment of guardianship
    • Child support
    • DCFS cases
  • For family assistance, please call 312-738-2452 ext. 438 and follow the given instructions.

If you are seeking legal assistance for something outside of CGLA’s guidelines, please call CARPLS at 312-738-9200 for a referral to another legal aid organization.

Client Support Services are provided to individuals whose legal issue is being addressed by a CGLA attorney. These services are provided by qualified social workers and client specialists who support clients in achieving greater stability and self-sufficiency over the course of their legal case, and often beyond.

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