Poverty Law Project

The Poverty Law Project represents low-income Vermonters with a wide range of civil legal problems. We do not handle criminal matters.

The project provides counsel and advice, brief service and full representation to income eligible clients in civil and family cases.

The project also represents low-income Vermonters before administrative agencies and in the legislature on matters of statewide importance.





  • Services are available to anyone who earns 200% or less of the federal poverty level.
  • Reach Up and SSI recipients automatically qualify.

Areas We Can Help With:

  • Consumer fraud/unfair debt collection practices
  • Bad housing conditions
  • Debt collection
  • Credit card debt
  • Evictions
  • Subsidized housing terminations and denials
  • Foreclosure
  • Unemployment compensation denials
  • Reach Up sanctions and terminations
  • Social Security Disability terminations and denials
  • Medicaid terminations and denials of services
  • Relief from abuse for domestic or sexual violence or stalking
  • Tax problems with the IRS including liens/levies, denials of EIC, etc.
  • Education including homelessness, bullying, harrassment, discrimination, suspension and expulsion
  • Pregnant and parenting students' rights