Economic Justice Program


The Economic Justice Program provides assistance to individuals and families in Central Virginia who face legal dilemmas related to housing, public benefits, employment, healthcare, consumer protection, or the rights of the elderly, and engages in systematic advocacy with and on behalf of low-income people in these issue areas.

In addition to assisting individuals with specific problems, we conduct outreach and provide education to both community members and social  service workers in order to increase community capacity for solving these problems. We help people learn about their legal rights and responsibilities, and supply the information they need to receive fair treatment. We also work with other service organizations and collaborate with private attorneys, law schools and social service agencies.      


Project Areas

  • Housing
    We provide representation to individuals in their efforts to access and maintain decent, safe, and affordable housing.
  • Consumer
    We advocate on behalf of disadvantaged clients who have been targeted by merchants and lenders.
  • Employment
    We represent workers in disputes involving discrimination, unpaid wages, Family and Medical Leave Act, and other employment law issues, and assist them with unemployment insurance appeals.
  • Public Benefits
    We advise individuals through our Charlottesville office on eligibility for public benefits and represent clients whose benefits are wrongfully denied, terminated, reduced, or otherwise placed at risk.
  • Medical-Legal Partnership


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