Domestic Violence Legal Help
The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.
Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.
Housing Legal Services
NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.
Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.
NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state. Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.
Legal Services for Older Adults
The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.
PLEASE NOTE: NHLA offices will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday. All NHLA offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled time on Monday, November 27.
NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.
We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve.
A note about this website: Clicking on the red "ESCAPE" button that appears next to our logo at the top of every page will give you a quick escape from the website. Computer use can be monitored and may be impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your use of the internet or the computer may be monitored, use a secure computer, call a local domestic violence hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
NHLA priority issues
NHLA is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as Elder Advocacy Coordinator on behalf of the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging (AHA). Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred or 2-4 years relevant experience.
CONCORD - New Hampshire Legal Assistance and New Hampshire Housing, supported by funding from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, is hosting a free conference about Fair Housing.
The conference will include an overview of Fair Housing principles and a discussion of recent Fair Housi ...read more
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017:
In a 65-page decision, the New Hampshire District Court struck down the City of Manchester’s anti-panhandling ordinance and police practices because they violated the First Amendment. This lawsuit was brought on behalf of Theresa M. Petrello, an Army and Navy ...read more
New Hampshire Legal Assistance has received an
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation grant for $10,000 as part of the bank’s Targeted Grant program, which supports organizations working on behalf of immigrants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island for 2017.
The Fo ...read more
August 21, 2017 - MANCHESTER, NH
New Hampshire Legal Assistance Paralegal Candace Cappio Gebhart received the Community Partnership
Appreciation Award from the Manchester VA this afternoon, honoring her work supporting veterans in our community.
She was nominated for the award by former h ...read more
Our paralegal went above and beyond...
Our paralegal went above and beyond. She treated us with respect, was always available, made sure we understood everything and answered any questions we had. It felt good in such a hard situation to have such a capable team on our side that was understanding and helpful.
NHLA Needs Your Support
NHLA relies on the goodwill and support of the entire community to reach our mission of equal access to justice for all people in New Hampshire. Your financial support strengthens our organization and our ability to serve those in need. Use the link above to make a safe, and secure donation or if you prefer send your tax-deductible donations (checks can be made to the Campaign for Legal Services) to:
New Hampshire Legal Assistance
117 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
Inquiries about making a donation can be sent to: