For Homeless Legal’s vulnerable clients, accessible legal help can be life-changing; whether preventing homelessness, or stopping a downward spiral into debt and despair and easing the pathway out of homelessness.
Belinda* was a resident of Catherine House who was referred to the lawyers from Homeless Legal for tenancy advice. Belinda had been ‘evicted’ from the rental property that she shared with another tenant, who then brought a claim against Belinda in the SACAT. The claim was worth several thousand dollars, which for Belinda, was an insurmountable and overwhelming amount. Given Belinda’s vulnerable circumstances, Nick Linke from Dentons Fisher Jeffries, acting pro bono for Homeless Legal, made an application for leave to appear on her behalf, which was granted.