Legal matters, especially when they pertain to your health and well-being, can be daunting. Howard Brown Health is a proud partner with Legal Council for Health Justice (Legal Council), which brings trained legal professionals into our clinics to provide legal counsel and representation to our patients and clients.
What can the legal clinic help me with?
Our legal clinic can help clients with the following:*
- Public benefits, like SNAP (food stamps), Social Security Disability (“SSDI”), or cash assistance.
- Insurance, such as Medicaid, ADAP/CHIC, and private insurance or marketplace coverage.
- Life planning, including wills and power of attorney.
- Cases of discrimination in employment or housing.
- Unauthorized HIV disclosure.
- Name and gender marker changes.
- Evictions and unsafe housing conditions.
- Debt and consumer law, including student loan issues, debt issues, and payment of copays or other medical bills.
Who can access the legal clinic? How can I make an appointment?
Anyone that is currently a patient of Howard Brown Health can access the clinic. You can schedule an appointment by calling 773.388.1600 or speaking with a Howard Brown Patient Services Representative.
I am experiencing discrimination based on my race/gender/class/sexuality. Will the legal clinic help me explore my options?
Yes, the legal clinic offers legal help for discrimination in housing or employment. A Legal Council advocate will assess your case and make referrals depending on four assessments: the nature of the alleged discrimination, where the act occurred, the defendant (the person or entity accused), and your desired outcome.
I’ve never been to a lawyer before because they’re expensive. Does the legal clinic cost money?
The legal clinic is free, except for social security disability cases. These type of cases require attorney fees, not upfront, only if the case is approved (you win) and you are awarded “back pay,” or money owed to you prior to your application approval. In that case, your legal advocate would collect a portion of the back pay that you are awarded.
Will the information be kept private?
Yes, any information shared in consultation is confidential. Information is not released without your consent. If your case is accepted for representation, there may be parts of your case that must be released in order to establish representation, but we will always discuss this with you beforehand.
Why does Legal Council provide this service?
As our legal experts will tell you, there are many potential barriers that can keep people from accessing the care they need and deserve. Legal Council offers this affordable and accessible legal clinic to Howard Brown clients who may face such barriers because we believe everyone deserves a fair chance to lead a life of dignity and opportunity.
*The information contained here is not an exhaustive list of the services we provide. Please make an appointment with a legal advocate to discuss your particular situation.
Legal help is available by appointment to any Howard Brown patient or client at the following locations:
Howard Brown Health Clark
6500 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60626
Mondays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Howard Brown Health Sheridan
4025 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60613
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Howard Brown Health 63rd
641 W. 63rd St. Chicago, IL 60621
Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Howard Brown Health at TPAN
5537 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640
Thursdays, 1 to 5 p.m.
TPAN patients only at this location. Please see your case manager for further information.
Questions? Email LegalClinic@howardbrown.org or call 773.388.8665.
To schedule an appointment, call 773.388.1600 or see the Patient Services Representative.
About Legal Council
Legal Council for Health Justice is an Illinois non-profit that has assisted families and individuals facing barriers due to illness and disability for more than 30 years. Although Howard Brown and Legal Council collaborate on the legal clinic, Legal Council is an independent agency and is not an affiliate, subsidiary, agent, joint venture, or program of Howard Brown.