Vermont Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm established in 1968 to provide free civil legal services to Vermonters who are low-income, elderly and those with disabilities.
VLA serves the community by providing information, advice and representation in the areas of health care, housing, education, family law, benefits, and consumer law.
We serve all of Vermont through five regional offices in Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, Springfield, and St.Johnsbury.
Vermont Legal Aid Projects:
Poverty Law Project represents low-income Vermonters with civil legal problems in the areas of housing, family law, consumer law, employment, and problems with government benefits programs.
Disability Law Project represents Vermonters with physical and developmental disabilities where their legal problem arises from their disability. Cases include guardianship, special education, discrimination in employment and housing, access to health care, and Social Security Disability-related benefits problems.
Elder Law Project has two sections, the Senior Citizens Law Project which represents people over 60 years of age in general civil legal matters including housing, Medicare and guardianship; and The Medicare Advocacy Project that represents clients in Medicare appeals. MAP cases are handled pursuant to a contract with the State of Vermont; no direct client intake is available for MAP.
Health Care Advocate Project operates a hotline providing advocacy on problems involving health care and health insurance. Case types include access to health care, billing, eligibility and insurance plan coverage issues.
Long Term Care Ombudsman Project represents individuals who receive long term care services in nursing homes, residential care homes, assisted living residences, or in their own homes through the Choices for Care Program. Issues addressed include quality of care, quality of life, and residents' rights.
Mental Health Law Project represents clients facing involuntary commitment and or involuntary medication proceedings.
Housing Discrimination Law Project works to stop housing discrimination and to protect Vermonters' right to choose where they live. We represent individuals and organizations in court and before state agencies, housing authorities, municipal governments and the legislature.