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Low-income tenants receive eviction notices from Amherst landlord raising rents

Friday, March 22, 2013
by SCOTT MERZBACH, Staff Writer
Daily Hampshire Gazette
AMHERST — Tenants who cannot afford increased rents at Echo Village Apartments are beginning to receive formal notices from the property owner that they must vacate their homes by March 31.
But for most of the 24 affected tenants at the 30 Gatehouse Road complex, many of whom are low-income and have children in the public schools, leaving will not be possible over the next 10 days.

Holyoke latest site for 'listening session' about programs offered by state Department of Transitional Assistance

By Mike Plaisance
on March 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM
Springfield Republican (
HOLYOKE – The benefits that used to be called welfare and are now termed transitional assistance are by whatever name not a gravy train, officials and advocates said at a forum Wednesday.
"It's a safety net. People transition on and off the program. People are trying to feed their families," said Mary Loughlin of the Western Massachusetts Food Bank.

State Supreme Court Recognizes that Dating Relationships Can be formed by Electronic Means in Case Handled by CLA

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Contact Wendy Berg, (413)539-1003 or
Tina Paradiso, Esq. (508)425-2833 or


The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has decided that a relationship conducted via Skype, email, and other electronic means can constitute a dating relationship for purposes of obtaining a restraining order.  

State Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Child Support Modification in Case Handled by CLA

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Contact Ruthanne Withers, (508)425-2815 or
Tina Paradiso, Esq. (508)425-2833 or
The state’s highest court has issued a decision clarifying the correct standard that judges should use when deciding requests for modifications of child support orders. The case, Morales v. Morales, was a victory for Community Legal Aid’s client, Marlene Morales.

Program to assist tenants, landlords

Thursday, March 7, 2013
By Mass Lawyers Weekly Staff
State legal services programs on March 5 launched the HomeCorps Homelessness Prevention Project, aided by a $400,000 Crisis Response and Innovation Grant from the Attorney General’s Office.
The project, headed by the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, will provide free representation to low-income tenants and landlords in certain eviction cases in Worcester Housing Court and Framingham District Court.