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The Navigation Center
As an organization, we understand the importance of providing wrap around services to our clients. With that in mind, we often partner with The Navigation Center which provides rental assistance dollars and case management services to our clients to supplement the legal services we provide. Additionally, our team frequently assists tenants with Housing Choice Voucher sign ups in conjunction with The Navigation Center.
Father to Father
Our Lady of Mercy
East Cooper Community Outreach
East Cooper Community Outreach is a nonprofit located in Mt. Pleasant. We have partnered over the years by hosting educational seminars in a variety of topics including housing law, expungements, and probate. We also periodically host Wills Clinics with their participants.
Habitat for Humanity
Charleston Area Senior Centers
Charleston County Housing Court
Legal aid during this pandemic has proven critical. While dollars to fund rent and utilities are important, if a tenant doesn’t have legal representation advocating, protecting their rights, and demanding justice, there will be many who fall through the cracks and never make it to the organizations who offer the dollars. It needs to be a collaboration, which is exactly what we’ve been doing to address the eviction crisis, pre-dating the pandemic.
A committee comprised of legal aid organizations, magistrate judges, and service providers, worked for a year to create a Housing Court Program which was ultimately sanctioned by the SC Supreme Court. The Program provides eligible tenants facing an eviction the option to have representation at the eviction hearing at no cost. It started October 2019 with one court operating one day a week. Over the past two years, it has grown to four courts operating 4 days a week, every week. In March 2021, the program added its first paid staff member, Chase Cooke, as the Housing Court Coordinating Attorney (“HCCA”). Prior to that, every component had been volunteer-based. The HCCA handles the management and coordination of the program to include training, representation, and exploring expansion. This position provides consistency and predictability to the sessions benefiting the litigants, pro bono attorneys, and judges.
Having established the Pilot Project’s success over the past two years, the Committee decided it was time to seek approval for further expansion. And, on December 7, 2021, Chief Justice Beatty issued an Order regarding Charleston Housing Court Expansion, stating in part, “This Court recognizes the importance and need of the program in the Charleston area and as a result hereby authorizes the expansion of the program to all magistrate courts in the Charleston area.” The Committee is currently exploring expansion opportunities.
If you're an attorney who would like to get involved in the Housing Court Program, please reach out to Chase Cooke. Housing Court involves a short orientation, and then you can commit to monthly or even quarterly. You can sign up here for just one day or several! Every bit helps.