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General Legal Resources

VPLC does not provides 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.

Below is a list of other resources you can use to find the information and representation that you need and deserve. is a Virginia Partnership for Equal Justice Website Project. It is an ambitious attempt by Virginia legal aid offices and their partners to provide complete, accurate, up-to-date information on poverty law issues in an interactive and easily accessible format. The intent is to allow access to this information by legal aid attorneys, pro bono attorneys, clients, advocates and providers of services to legal aid’s traditional client base.

A resource for advocates and others who do pro bono work in the community. The site includes brief banks for legal aid and pro bono attorneys handling poverty law cases, a library of training and CLE materials, a calendar of monthly training and other opportunities, relevant news stories, volunteer opportunities, as well as listservs for those listserv members who want to post relevant discussion topics so that other attorneys, staff, and advocates can respond and provide feedback.

Lawyer Referral Service

Access to Justice: Free and Low-Cost Legal Resources in Virginia

Learn Your Rights: A Guide for Youth in Foster Care

Learn Your Rights is a guide for youth in foster care and will help navigate through some of the most commonly asked questions about what to expect while in foster care in Virginia.

Virginia Partnership To Encourage Responsible Lending (VaPERL)

VaPERL’s web site contains a wealth of information on predatory lending, news, fact sheets and stories from victims of payday and car title loans.

Virginia Public Defender Offices

Who Is My Legislator?

Consumer Advocacy Resources:

Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible Lending (VaPERL Coalition)

Center for Responsible Lending

National Consumer Law Center

Consumer Action

Housing Resources:

Housing Opportunities Made Equal

Virginia Housing Development Authority

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

How to Avoid Foreclosure

Domestic and Sexual Violence Resources

For immediate assistance, call the local legal aid office that serves your area or call (866) 534-5243 to contact your local legal aid office.

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

DV Prevention – Virginia Department of Social Services

Elder-Law Resources

Statewide Senior Legal Helpline: (844) 802-5910

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Virginia Department of the Aging

Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Council for Aging Care

Family and Youth Resources

Kinship Care Fact Sheet: Know Your Rights as a Relative Caregiver Taking Care of a Child

Child Support Enforcement – Virginia Department of Social Services

Virginia divorce laws and related issues

Learn Your Rights – A Guide for Youth in Foster Care

Voices for Change – The Creative Vision of Virginia’s Foster Youth

Health Law Resources

2018 Medicaid Chartbook

A Guide to How the Medicaid Program Works in Virginia by VPLC and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Social Services

Healthcare for all Virginians Coalition

Public Benefits Resources

Virginia Department of Social Services

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamp program)

Food and Nutrition Services

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Virginia Employment Commission

Virginia Employment Commission Claimant & Job Seeker Handbook (.pdf)

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families: A Guide to Virginia’s Cash Assistance Program (.pdf)

USDA National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY)

Utility Fairness Resources

Electric Rates vs. Bills Study

Energy Assistance:

Dominion Energy’s EnergyShare Program

Appalachian Power Assistance Programs

Energy Efficiency for Consumers – Virginia Energy$ense