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NHLA Executive Director Statement on Governor Sununu's budget address

February 9, 2017: "On behalf of the thousands of people New Hampshire Legal Assistance helps each year..."Click here to read Lynne Parker's statement on Governor Sununu's budget address.


NHLA hires Dawn McKinney as Policy Director

January 12, 2017: Executive Director Lynne Parker announced today that the state-wide nonprofit law firm has hired Dawn McKinney as policy director.

McKinney most recently served as director of state affairs at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), based in Bethesda, MD and Washington, D.C. She has been with NACHC since 2003.

“NHLA has a longstanding reputation for credible, expert, ethical policy advocacy on many issues, and for our many productive partnerships with allies across the political spectrum,” Parker said. “Dawn brings extensive experience collaborating with stakeholders in all fifty states and navigating the complex landscape of health care policy. With her technical expertise and appreciation for the nuances of state-level policy-making, Dawn is positioned to deepen NHLA’s engagement with New Hampshire’s legislative and executive branches on the issues that matter most to our clients.”


September 20, 2016: NHLA receives new three-year federal grant to help survivors of domestic violence

With this federal funding, NHLA will hire a full-time attorney to provide services to victims at the Manchester Community Health Center and Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire, with specific emphasis on helping survivors who come from immigrant and refugee communities. Click here to read more.

August 2, 2016: NHLA wins Supreme Court appeal on behalf of low-income parents of children with disabilities

Federal assistance for children with severe disabilities is designed to support their special – and often expensive – needs. It shouldn’t be diverted to meet the basic needs of other family members. But that’s what New Hampshire expected low-income families with children with disabilities to do, until a successful challenge by two mothers represented by New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Click here to read more.

June 29, 2016: New Hampshire Legal Assistance receives federal funding to help victims of crime

New Hampshire’s Executive Council today approved $1,091,164 in federal funding to support civil legal aid for low-income victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes, starting on July 1. The funds were made available through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims’ Fund, established in 1984. Click here to read more.

NHLA welcomes 2016 summer interns

The six students from UNH School of Law, Vermont Law School and Suffolk University Law School will spend the next three months engaged in advocacy on behalf of low-income and vulnerable New Hampshire residents, learning about our project areas and working with our expert staff.

NHLA work with New Hampshire Foreclosure Relief Project featured in Concord Monitor, January 3, 2016

Hundreds of low-income residents have saved their homes, or planned for graceful exits, thanks to legal advice, representation and counseling from the Foreclosure Relief Project. Click here to read more.

NHLA protects low-income families from lead poisoning dangers

Luxury-apartment tenants in Manchester recently filed a suit against their landlord, alleging the company exposed their families to dangerous levels of lead paint dust. New Hampshire's housing is the oldest in the country, and it exposes families of all types to the dangers of lead. NHLA is here to help families like William and Nicole, who faced eviction when they found lead in the home they rented. Click here to read more.


NHLA, Pro Bono expand program giving advice and counsel to low-income debtors

April 13, 2015: Just 18 months after it began in Candia, the Periodic Payment Clinic is expanding to Plymouth, offering advice, counsel and protection to low-income debtors.

Many of New Hampshire’s poorest residents have only “protected income,” such as Social Security or aid to the disabled. But when they fall into debt, many don’t know that income is supposed to be exempt when a judge orders they pay. Some people use their protected income in an increasingly desperate attempt to pay their creditors, while attempting to feed themselves at soup kitchens and food pantries.

Using “limited appearance” procedures, New Hampshire Legal Assistance and attorneys from the Pro Bono Referral Program of the New Hampshire Bar advise and sometimes represent individuals to help ensure they receive all of the federal and state protections to which they are entitled. Click here to read more.

Clients and supporters tell N.H. House: 

NHLA is “an important and needed cause in New Hampshire”

April 2, 2015 -- Concord, NH

New Hampshire Legal Assistance is grateful that the N.H. House recommended level funding NHLA's appropriation for FY 2016-17, so we can continue to offer clients in need of civil legal aid equal access to the justice system.

We are also grateful to clients and board members who shared their stories with the House Finance Committee at its recent public hearings in Concord, Derry and North Conway. Click here to read what they had to say.

April 15 is the deadline to apply for property tax credits and exemptions for veterans, homeowners over age 65 and people with disabilities

Property taxes are unaffordable for many homeowners across the state. If taxes are not paid by the due date, interest is charged, first at 12% and then at 18% after the town or city takes a tax lien. Eventually, the town or city can take the home to pay off the taxes owed, and evict the homeowner by court process.

A homeowner can reduce the burden of property taxes by seeking tax relief such as an exemption or credit. For more information, click here.