By Jean A. Lastine and John G. Levi | 07/17/15


A veteran in Minneapolis receiving less than $800 a month in income from Social Security was forced into homelessness by a $200 a month childsupport payment in Indiana. He was referred to Central Minnesota Legal Services (CMLS) by his homeless shelter. A CMLS lawyer discovered that the childsupport payment was well above what was legally appropriate for someone with his income, and within days, the obligation was cut to $55 a month. With more income available to meet his needs, the client was able to leave the shelter, rent a small apartment, and make some strides toward selfsufficiency