Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to breaking down systemic barriers that keep low-income Virginians in the cycle of poverty through advocacy, education, and litigation.
Since 1978, we’ve advocated on behalf of low-income Virginians, assisting state legal aid programs with legislative proposals that impact the poor as well as providing technical assistance, training, and resources in the following areas of law: consumer rights and protection, domestic and sexual violence, elder rights and resources, families, health, housing, and public benefits. Since our founding, we have been a clearinghouse of information on these issues.
Our staff provides leadership on advocacy efforts in the courts and within legislative and administrative agencies and often collaborates with other groups across the Commonwealth to achieve our common goals. We are the only statewide organization providing training to local legal aid program staff, private attorneys, and low-income clients, relating exclusively to the legal rights of Virginia’s poor.
Some of our most significant work has been through the Virginia General Assembly. Each session, we work with lawmakers and advocate for bills that benefit low-income residents, fighting legislation that hurts Virginia’s most vulnerable, and helping to protect the rights of those who need it most.
For the better part of four decades, VPLC has consistently adhered to our mission: to advocate for access to civil justice and work to end systemic racism. By working with low-income Virginians and like-minded partners, we will continue to protect the rights of the marginalized among us.