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Using the Law to Fight Poverty in Ohio

The Ohio Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit law office that pursues statewide policy and systemic advocacy to expand, protect, and enforce the legal rights of low-income Ohioans.


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Linda Cook, OPLC Senior Attorney, testifying in opposition to an anti-consumer bill at the Ohio Statehouse 

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The Ohio Poverty Law Center seeks to:

  • Protect and expand crucial safety net programs for low-income Ohioans who need help to meet their basic needs.
  • Expand and improve economic and employment opportunities for low-income Ohioans to enable them to be more self-sufficient and reduce their dependence on safety net programs.
  • Ensure that low-income Ohio children have access to a high quality education and the right to attend school free of discrimination and criminalization.
  • Defend and expand consumer protections for low-income Ohioans to enable them to achieve greater economic stability and safety.
  • Defend and expand housing protections for low-income Ohioans to enable them to achieve and maintain safe, stable, affordable housing.
  • Protect, expand, and enforce Ohio's domestic relations and domestic violence laws.
  • Fight the stigmatization and exploitation of, and discrimination against, low-income people and other vulnerable Ohioans.
  • Improve access to judicial and administrative recourse for low-income Ohioans and also improve the operations and efficiency of these systems.


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 OPLC's office building at 555 Buttles Avenue in Columbus


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Ohio Poverty Law Center    555 Buttles Avenue    Columbus, Ohio 43215    Phone: (614) 221-7201