New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

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.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

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.

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Housing Legal Services

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.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

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.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

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.


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Our Mission

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. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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Latest News

Low-income NH residents sue federal government to contest burdensome Medicaid

Posted Mar 22, 2019

Low-income individuals in New Hampshire, represented by a group of health care advocates, sued the Trump administration challenging its approval of the State’s “Granite Advantage” Section 1115 Medicaid waiver project that conditions Medicaid health coverage on work requirements, and cuts vital ...read more

Statement of NHLA Executive Director Sarah Mattson Dustin on Governor's 2020-2021 Budget Proposal

Posted Feb 14, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2019
Every day, New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) helps families across the state access justice to meet their most basic needs. We prevent homelessness and hunger. We help families keep the lights on and the fuel tank full. We keep kids in school ...read more

NHLA Testimony on HB 565: Supervised visitation centers

Posted Jan 30, 2019

NHLA Domestic Violence Advocacy Project Director Erin Jasina was among the many domestic violence experts who testified yesterday on the importance of equal access to supervised visitation centers. Here's what she told the House Children and Family Law Committee:    Dear Chairman ...read more

New Hampshire Legal Assistance Receives $180,000 Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Posted Jan 22, 2019

CONCORD, NH – January 22, 2019 – New Hampshire Legal Assistance was awarded a three-year grant for $180,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation.   “We are investing in initiatives that promote coalitions and bring together government, nonprofit organizations, and older people to c ...read more

Public Forums on Medicaid Work Requirements Announced

Posted Jan 14, 2019

If you are concerned about the bureaucratic burden of work-reporting requirements for NH families who rely on Medicaid expansion for health coverage, there will be several chances to ask questions this month. For more information on why we're concerned about work requirements for Medica ...read more

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