The LSNYC Veterans Justice Project (VJP) provides comprehensive civil legal services to low-income military veterans, service members and their families. The VJP is designed to help veterans achieve greater housing and financial stability and connect veterans with social and mental health services in the City. We have partnerships with other non-profit organizations serving veterans and we collaborate with the VA Hospitals, Veterans Centers and housing programs throughout the City.
The VJP works holistically to protect veterans and their family members from homelessness, resolve barriers to employment, preserve economic stability, and remedy many other problems that derail veterans’ successful reintegration into civilian life.
How we help:
- Providing legal services to 1,300 veterans and their dependents each year from all five boroughs of New York City, protecting them from homelessness, resolving barriers to employment, preserving economic stability, and remedying many other problems that derail veterans’ successful reintegration into civilian life
- Conducting litigation and advocacy that wins important legal rights for veterans, including the right to secure vendors licenses to start small businesses in New York City
- Working on-site to serve veterans at several NYC Veterans Administration Facilities
- Forging partnerships with more than 42 public and non-profit organizations that serve veterans throughout New York City
- Operating an innovative Veterans Student Loan Project
- Collaborating with pro bono counsel to provide wills, health care proxies, powers of attorneys and living wills
- Educating hundreds of social workers, case managers, medical providers, and other lay advocates from all over the City to understand veterans’ legal needs, rights, and how to connect veterans who need help to the VJP.
Our Veterans Justice Project Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4pm. Call 917-661-4500 to speak to an intake officer in any language.
Our advocates seek permanent change in the lives of the low income clients they serve by working with community residents and providers to identify problems and to find solutions to the multiple problems which impact their communities. MLS has a long and successful history of working collaboratively with community-based organizations in the low-income communities of Manhattan including Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood. to address systemic problems such as the treatment of mentally ill people by the welfare system, gentrification and the loss of affordable housing, language access for LEP clients and illegal debt collection. We proudly trace our long history back to Harlem Assertion of Rights (later Harlem Legal Services) and MFY Legal Services, both neighborhood-based anti-poverty efforts arising in the 1960’s, and strive to continue that legacy.
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