- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Help from an attorney can be part of a medical recommendation at Chicago’s Erie Family Health Center.

Attorneys help patients with legal issues including housing, education, disability and family law. They’re also addressing hazards from toxic lead dust in public housing in Chicago.

The Health Justice Project is a joint effort of the health center and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

In a new initiative, project attorneys are urging the Chicago Housing Authority to increase protections for residents by lowering the blood levels of lead that trigger a risk assessment or repairs.

The project helped one family find safer housing. Attorneys helped Lanice Walker document her case and move into a new CHA unit after blood tests showed high levels of lead in her children.

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