Jason's Story

Protecting the Disenfranchised with Legal Aid

When Jason began working with the Vermont Legal Aid attorney at Safe Recovery, he was homeless and struggling to stay in treatment at the Chittenden Clinic. Following a referral from his case manager at Safe Recovery, his attorney successfully appealed a subsidized housing denial and ultimately was able to secure a housing voucher and supportive mental health services for Jason and his girlfriend. The voucher ended a 5-year period of homelessness for Jason—a period that led to countless police interactions and traumatic experiences that exacerbated his substance use disorder. Since then, his substance use has drastically decreased, as he now has somewhere to go when friends start using drugs and alcohol. He noted that securing stable housing made it so that he “didn’t have to worry about other things and other stresses.”

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Legal Aid & Defender Association: Serving the Legal Needs of Low-income Communities
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Providing a Hand UP
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Legal Aid & Defender Association: Serving the Legal Needs of Low-income Communities