SMRLS Attorney Helps Client Stay Housed and Safe from Bedbugs

TK is a disabled man with significant mobility and cognitive impairments from an accident. He lives in public housing with assistive services. Last year the entire floor of his public housing hi-rise building needed to be treated for bedbugs. This required a lot of preparation. TK was unable to prepare his unit due to his mobility issues. The Public Housing Administration (PHA) issued a termination of his lease for failure to cooperate. SMRLS attorney Laura Jelinek met with staff and the attorney for the PHA. It was clear to attorney Jelinek that the client’s supportive service provider did not provide enough assistance and the PHA could not evict TK for tasks he was physically unable to do. The PHA agreed to notify assistive services of the client’s treatment requirements and they agreed to comply with requests from public housing.

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