Autumn's Story

In Henderson County, we fight for those who need a voice.


Pisgah Legal Services provides free legal assistance to people living in poverty who need help to meet their basic needs and improve their lives. Recently, Autumn and her family rented a run-down house that they knew had problems. They had negotiated reduced rent with the landlord in exchange for fixing it up. They were frightened when the landlord began repeatedly breaking into the house unannounced. One day, Autumn walked out of the shower to find him standing in the living room. When she filed charges against him, he moved to evict the family.   Autumn went to Pisgah Legal for help. Pisgah Legal Attorney Madeline Offen negotiated a settlement giving the family six months to stay in the home rent free in exchange for the repairs they had made. They could save money and then find a better place to live. Today they are in a larger, cleaner and safer home that they can afford. Autumn says she is grateful for Pisgah Legal Services and wonders what would have happened if she had tried to navigate the legal system alone.