How our Medical-Legal Partnership helped one family fight for fair housing

Eva had one too many scares. For months, she and her 6 kids suffered from chronic respiratory issues. Her youngest, two-year-old Ana Maria, was in the worst shape. After rushing Ana Maria to the emergency room for the third time, Eva came to People’s looking for relief. They met with multiple pediatric specialists, each who looked for the root cause of the family’s illness.

It became clear that an unsafe living condition, particularly mold, was endangering the family’s health. For help, the physicians called on Keegan Warren, JD, an attorney at the Austin Medical-Legal Partnership (AMLP).

The AMLP recognizes that good health depends on many factors outside of the exam room. Social and legal determinants of health – like housing and work conditions, or barriers to receiving disability benefits – effect health in tremendous ways, sometimes even more than the clinical care they receive. Often, a legal intervention is needed to address these health-harming situations. As part of the AMLP, attorneys are housed at People’s, and patients are referred to attorneys if they need legal help to improve their health.

Keegan learned that rains from Hurricane Harvey had flooded the family’s apartment, but property managers had not addressed the resulting mold infestation. Mold in the walls, floor, and furniture had contributed to debilitating – and dangerous – respiratory problems.

With Keegan’s help, the family took the apartment owners to court, which forced them to address the substandard conditions. Eva was assured that with the Keegan’s protection, the apartment owners would not evict the family or take any other retaliatory actions. As a result, the family was able to move to a new, clean apartment. The children’s health issues resolved slowly, and Eva’s family began the process of healing – this time, in a home with fresh air.

 

Three Texas Legends Play Concert Benefiting People’s

People’s Community Clinic proudly presents a one-night-only event with Texas music legends Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson and Monte Montgomery on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. The concert will feature individual sets from the three virtuosos with their backing musicians. Comedian A. Whitney Brown will be the emcee for this unforgettable evening. Proceeds benefit People’s, supporting its mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care for Central Texans in need.

“People’s is thrilled to have this star-studded lineup perform on our behalf,” said Regina Rogoff, CEO of People’s Community Clinic. “Whether you’re already a fan or just a music lover, you’re in for an enormous treat. Individually, their performances are already jaw-dropping and award-winning. Having all three on stage will be epic. We expect the show to sell out, so don’t miss a chance to be a part of a memorable and uniquely Austin event.”

Tickets are on sale now for $35-75, with VIP seating available for $250, limited availability. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, please contact Joy at JoyA@austinpcc.org.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross burst on the music scene with his self-titled album, becoming the only artist in history to win the five most prestigious Grammy Awards in one night. His 2018 album, Take Me As I Am, focuses on his guitar playing and features collaborations with other music greats. See Cross’s website.
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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson is a legendary guitarist whose platinum-plus Ah Via Musicom spent 60 weeks charting on Billboard’s 200. This landmark album launched his signature hit “Cliffs of Dover,” which won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Visit Johnson’s website.
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Monte Montgomery

Monte Montgomery won the Austin Music Awards “Best Acoustic Guitar” award 7 years in a row. Now with the release of his album, Monte Montgomery, he cements his place as both a blazingly electrified acoustic guitarist and also a rare triple threat: songwriter, singer and master musician. For more information Montgomery, visit www.montemontgomery.net.
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A. Whitney Brown

A. Whitney Brown
is a comedic icon known for his role on Saturday Night Live‘s the Weekend Update and for his writing on the The Daily Show.
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WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS:

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VIRTUOSO


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AUDIOPHILE


Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP
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TONE CLUB

The Law Office of Becky Beaver

Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Studio

Frost Insurance

Itentive Healthcare Systems

Michael T. Landrum

Law Office of Janet McCullar

Michele Moore in honor of Brad

E. Lee Parsley

Janis & Joe Pinnelli

Sereno Mare Blu

Daniel Tambasco—Tenor

Amy Wilson-Janice
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HOSTS

Sujata Ajmera

Nick Barbaro & Susan Moffat

Mike & Becky Bullard

Sanford and Heather Dow

Bill Hopkins

Ross Ramsey & Becky Brownlee

Meredith Sanger & Jeff Bodenman

Jennifer & Paul Walker
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GRAPHIC DESIGN SPONSOR

Debbie Ferrari, Design Fish
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MEDIA SPONSOR


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For more on sponsoring this event, please contact Joy at JoyA@austinpcc.org.