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The New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc. (NHLAA) secures justice for and protects the rights of those residents of New Haven County unable to engage legal counsel.​

What NHLAA Does

NHLAA offers free, high-quality legal services to people living in poverty in New Haven County and the Lower Naugatuck Valley. We strive to provide equal access to the justice system, enhance the rights and living conditions of our client community, and help our client community protect their own rights.

How NHLAA Provides Support

We accomplish these goals by providing legal advice, brief service, and full representation to individual clients; strategically prioritizing legal work that will make systemic improvements benefitting large numbers of low-income people; and engaging in community education and outreach.

Who NHLAA Serves

We represent seniors, people with mental and physical disabilities, children, domestic violence survivors, immigrants, low-wage workers, families at risk of homelessness, and individuals who face additional challenges to representing themselves, such as those with limited English proficiency.

Towns in our service area

Beacon Falls
East Haven

Meriden (elderly clients only)
New Haven
North Haven
North Branford 

West Haven

How to find us

New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.
205 Orange Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510-2069

Phone: 203-946-4811

Fax: 203-498-9271

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There is free parking next to our building.

Our Services

Due to our limited resources, we cannot assist everyone who seeks our services with every case in these categories.
NHLAA does not handle criminal matters. We will try to provide advice and referrals to you on matters in these areas that we do not handle.

Family law

Restraining orders, custody disputes, and divorce where there is domestic violence or endangerment.
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Education law

Students with special education issues, including access, education programming, and placement; students with disability-related issues, including 504 accommodations, school discipline/expulsions.

Housing law

Evictions, termination of housing subsidies (state and federal), post-foreclosure evictions, denials based on criminal backgrounds, and lead poisoning.
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Employment law

Wage Theft, unemployment compensation, and employment discrimination.
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Public Benefits

Termination, suspension, reduction, or denial of benefits including food stamps, cash assistance, Social Security, disability, and medical coverage; nursing home issues, access to home care, involuntary institutionalization/discharge, DSS access issues.

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Immigration law

Removal defense including asylum, special immigrant juvenile status petitions, and other defensive humanitarian application like VAWA petitions, U Visas, and T Visas with a focus on survivors of domestic violence and detained individuals.