RESOURCES

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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.

 

Helplines

ENROLL Virginia! Helpline: (888) 392-5132

Eviction Legal 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.

 

Housing Resources

Eviction Legal Helpline: 833-NOEVICT (833-663-8428)

VPLC Housing Advocacy Site

Housing Opportunities Made Equal

Virginia Housing Development Authority

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

How to Avoid Foreclosure

 

Consumer Advocacy Resources

Predatory Loan Helpline: (866) 830-4501

Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible Lending (VaPERL)

Center for Responsible Lending

National Consumer Law Center

Consumer Action

 

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.

Basic Legal Advocacy Manual

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

DV Prevention – Virginia Department of Social Services

 

Elder Law Resources

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 Child Welfare 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

Child Custody & Visitation: FAQs for Parties without an Attorney

 

Health Law Resources

ENROLL Virginia! Health Insurance Helpline: (888) 392-5132

2018 Guide to How Medicaid Works in Virginia

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Department of Social Services

Healthcare for all Virginians Coalition

A Guide to Medicaid Appeals in Virginia

 

Public Benefits Resources

SNAP Helpline: (866) 753-7627

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)

SNAP Calculator: Find Out if You’re Eligible for SNAP

 

Utility Fairness Resources

Utility Helpline: (804) 313-9363

Electric Rates vs. Bills Study

Dominion Energy’s EnergyShare Program

Appalachian Power Assistance Programs

Energy Efficiency for Consumers – Virginia Energy$ense

REWARD WITHOUT RISK: A Look at Imbalances in Virginia’s Unique Regulatory Construct

Utility Client Intake Form

 

General Legal Resources

Valegalaid.org

VaLegalAid.org 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.

Probono.net/va

A resource for advocates and others who do pro bono work in the community. The www.probono.net/va 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 Public Defender Offices

Who Is My Legislator?

The Community Tax Law Project

The Community Tax Law Project (CTLP) provides free legal help to Virginia’s low wage families and individuals experiencing economic harm because of a tax problem. Their services directly strengthen the financial stability of working families and ensure that all Virginians receive fair and equal treatment in tax disputes.