The brand new ATM-like machine at Johnson County Public Library’s Franklin department doesn’t dispense money, however does it dispense authorized assist.
The library’s new Authorized Assist Kiosk provides free info some residents could discover useful, particularly these dealing with eviction. It’s a part of a $13.1 million federally-funded initiative that was paid for 120 kiosks all through the state, stated Abbie Bush, director of civil authorized help applications for the Indiana Bar Basis.
As a result of the comes from U.S. Division of the Treasury’s emergency rental help program, the kiosks are focused at serving to folks dealing with eviction. The concept for the kiosks got here by way of a partnership between the bar basis and the Indiana Housing and Group Improvement Authority, or IHCDA, which awarded the grant, Bush stated.
The kiosks will assist stop evictions, Indiana Lieutenant Suzanne Crouch, who oversees IHCDA, stated in a information launch from the Indiana Bar Basis.
“This partnership furthers our mission of stopping eviction and selling housing stability throughout our state,” Crouch stated within the assertion. “We’re pleased with this collaborative effort to supply professional bono authorized companies to Hoosiers navigating the courts.”
The kiosks embrace a pc to look the web site, a printer for consumer paperwork, a scanner for shoppers to confidentially add paperwork and a chat function to attach them to distant authorized navigators, in accordance with Indiana Authorized Assist. The funding has additionally made extra assets obtainable by way of indianalegalhelp.org, together with free authorized assist in the Johnson County space, Bush stated.
“This connects Hoosiers to authorized help and companies. It may join them to kinds, guides and different instruments to reply questions they could have about eviction,” Bush stated. “A lot of the kiosks are positioned in courthouses and libraries, in addition to some group organizations. The aim was to put them in public locations the place folks can entry them.”
Whereas the kiosk is at present centered on matters and assets relating to eviction, the vary of companies will probably increase sooner or later, library spokesperson Jody Veldkamp stated in an electronic mail.
“On the kiosk, group members will discover a itemizing of free authorized clinics, connections to civil authorized assist organizations, and court docket kinds and guides for self-represented litigants,” Veldkamp stated. “The kiosk furthers JCPL’s mission to attach our group to useful assets with the assistance of statewide companions. The kiosk supplies info to a community of authorized companies, together with temporary recommendation authorized clinics, authorized assist attorneys and non-attorney authorized navigators to help Hoosiers dealing with eviction.”
The kiosks can be found to patrons any time the library department, at 401 State Road, is open. The department is open 9 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday by way of Thursday, 9 a.m. to six p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to five p.m. Saturday and 1 to five p.m. Sunday.