About VLAS

Our Story

Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is a nonprofit law firm established in 1977 to provide free civil legal services to eligible low-income residents in 20 counties and six cities in Central, Southside, and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS serves these communities by providing free information, advice, and representation in such areas as housing, healthcare, income and benefits, family issues, consumer, and education.


Our Mission

To resolve the serious legal problems of low-income people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice.


Our Plan

Drafted in 2012, the Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan that will guide services from 2013-2017. The plan has three goals: meeting the most pressing needs of the low-income population in south-central Virginia, increasing the effectiveness of legal advocacy, and increasing financial stability in the wake of reductions in funding. The board expects that increased effectiveness will particularly flow from the creation of program-wide task forces that tackle wide-spread problems such as substandard rental housing conditions, and from increased community access and engagement.


Cases We Handle


Education
(Special Education Rights, Student Discipline)

Housing
(Landlord Disputes, Evictions, Public Housing, Mortgage Foreclosures, Hazardous Conditions, and more)

Health Care
(Medicaid, Medicare, Health Insurance, and more)

Public Benefits
(Social Security Disability,  SSI, Food Stamps (SNAP), and more)

Family
(Uncontested Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Simple Wills, General Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, and more)

Consumer
(Repossessions, Illegal or Unfair Sales Practices, Consumer Credit Violations, Car Title Lending, and more)