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Free civil legal services available through Neighborhood Legal Services' virtual 'justice bus'

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Mon, Apr 13th 2020 01:10 pm

Evening & weekend call-in hours now available

Serving Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties, Neighborhood Legal Services is a free civil legal services firm specializing in domestic violence prevention, divorce, eviction prevention, health insurance access, disability, student loans, SNAP, shelter and other government benefits.

Neighborhood Legal Services’ new virtual “justice bus” program works with community-based agencies to increase access to justice by bringing lawyers into communities where the most vulnerable Western New York residents need legal assistance for basic needs such as food, shelter and safety.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Neighborhood Legal Services’ “justice bus” program will provide telephone access to free civil legal services from 5-7 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday mornings as follows:

  • Domestic violence/family legal needs – 716-847-0650, ext. 279
  • Landlord/tenant legal needs – 716-847-0650, ext. 272
  • COVID-19 programs/government benefits/health insurance – 716-847-0650, ext. 221
  • Student loans/Social Security disability/SSI/benefits counseling – 716-847-0650, ext. 302

With offices in Buffalo, Batavia and Niagara Falls, Neighborhood Legal Services remains open for telephone intake during the COVID-19 pandemic Monday through Friday.

  • Erie/Niagara County residents, call 716-847-0650
  • Genesee/Wyoming/Orleans County residents, call 585-343-5450
  • Or via email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.nls.org

A press release said, “We can help with domestic violence and other family law matters; health insurance; government benefits/SNAP/shelter/benefits counseling; Social Security disability/SSI hearings; and evictions/housing conditions/housing discrimination matters. For more information, please contact Neighborhood Legal Services Executive Director Lauren Breen, at 716-983-1966 or via email at [email protected].”

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