Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) is a 501(C)3 nonprofit and nonpartisan organization committed to leading and coordinating efforts to seek justice in civil legal matters for lower-income Virginians.
Since 1978, we’ve advocated on behalf of these citizens on poverty issues of statewide importance. We assist low-income Virginians and state legal aid programs with legislative and administrative proposals that impact the poor as well as provide 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 annual statewide Legal Aid Conference, new lawyer training, regular task force meetings, and listservs continue to provide a foundation for the delivery of quality legal services to the Virginians who need them most. Our staff provides leadership on advocacy efforts in the courts and within legislative and administrative agencies and often collaborates with other groups and organizations across the Commonwealth to achieve our common goals. We are also the only statewide organization providing training to local legal aid program staff, private attorneys, and our 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 speak with lawmakers and advocate for bills that would benefit low-income residents, fighting those that step backwards, 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 provide leadership, support, training, public education, and advocacy to address the civil legal needs of Virginia’s low-income population. This fight will not disappear in the near future, but by working with our partners, we will continue to protect the rights and services for the neediest among us.