We fight for economic justice for low-income clients and communities who have been targeted by unfair practices by merchants and lenders, and who face abusive and illegal debt collection practices.

We represent individual clients but also focus on creating systemic change by pushing for fair lending practices, fair debt collection practices, and enforcing other consumer protections.  We have a special focus on targeting unfair debt collection in the landlord-tenant and medical debt arenas. In addition to our client representation, Legal Aid participates in local, state, and national legal reform activities, such as the Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible Lending (VaPERL).

The attorney to contact about our housing law program is Elaine Poon. Her email address is


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