What We Do and Who We Can Help

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia provides free legal assistance to individuals and families with little or no income. Legal Aid provides assistance regardless of citizenship or ability to speak English.

We are able to assist people who live in District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. But, we can usually only handle cases that take place in the District. If your case is outside of D.C., we may be able to refer you to a legal services office in another state.

Our lawyers are able to handle the following matters:

Family Law
Child Custody
Child Support
Domestic Violence
Public Housing
Section 8/
Housing Choice Vouchers
Poor Housing Conditions
Public Benefits
Food Stamps
General Assistance for Children
Social Security Disability (SSDI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Interim Disability Assistance (IDA)
Unemployment Benefits
Veterans Benefits
Medicare Part D
Home Loan Modifications
Foreclosure Litigation
Foreclosure Mediations
Debt Collection
Credit Issues
In addition to the types of cases listed above, Legal Aid is also able to handle appeals in some cases.

To apply for legal assistance, you will need to come to one of our office locations for an initial interview. To complete an initial interview, please come to one of our locations during the hours listed here. You do not need an appointment during the hours noted. When you come, please bring with you all of the documents and paperwork you have regarding your case or issue. If you have a disability that prevents you from coming in person, please call (202) 628-1161 and we will make arrangements to accommodate you.