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What is the Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC)?

The Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) works for civil justice for low-income Virginians. Since 1978, we have worked with legal aid programs, community organizations, and private attorneys throughout Virginia to provide assistance and training to attorneys, paralegals, clients and other advocates. VPLC engages in litigation, education, and lobbying to obtain justice for low-income Virginians.


I need help. Does VPLC provide direct legal assistance?

VPLC does not provide direct legal representation except in very limited matters when referred by a local legal aid program. Please call (866) 534-5243 to find your local legal aid office. Legal aid programs serve every city and county in Virginia. VPLC and legal aid offices cannot assist with criminal matters. 

VPLC does have the following free helplines:

• ENROLL Virginia! Health Insurance Helpline: (888) 392-5132
• Eviction Helpline: 833-NOEVICT (833-663-8428)
• Predatory Loan Helpline: (866) 830-4501
• Utility Helpline: (804) 313-9363
• SNAP Helpline: (866) 753-7627

Those who are deaf and/or hard of hearing may call 7-1-1 to reach any of these numbers through Virginia Relay.

We also assist certain immigrant victims of domestic or sexual abuse


What is legal aid?

Legal aids are private, non-profit law firms that provide a full range of free civil legal services to low-income people. These law firms serve every city and county in Virginia and handle civil (not criminal) cases involving a wide range of issues, including child custody, housing, public benefits, consumer law, health law, and elder law. For more information about Virginia Legal Aid programs visit https://www.valegalaid.org/.


Is the Virginia Poverty Law Center related to the Southern Poverty Law Center?

No, the Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is not affiliated with or related to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). SPLC is a non-profit legal advocacy organization based in Montgomery, Alabama.