About Us

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.

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.
  • Right 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.

Welcome to Ohio Poverty Law Journal!

OPLC attorneys will use this page to post policy research and analyses, position papers, copies of legislative testimony, comments on administrative rules, press releases, op-eds, significant letters to the editor, and other materials that reflect the positions OPLC takes on issues impacting low-income Ohioans.

We would love your feedback.  Please feel free to comment on posts, ask us questions, and otherwise get involved with our work!

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