WHO WE ARE
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley provides support, advocacy and civil legal representation to poor and low-income families and individuals in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties.
We are experienced attorneys, volunteers and advocates passionate about our credo – Protecting Rights, Promoting Justice. That is why Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has been able to provide free non-criminal legal assistance to more than 200,000 clients in our 50-year history, as well as save New York State and local government from spending millions of dollars to combat homelessness, abuse, hunger and other societal harms that result from an absence of justice.
With offices in White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Peekskill, Spring Valley, Poughkeepsie, Monticello, Goshen, Newburgh and Kingston, a dedicated staff of over 145, including lawyers, administrators and support staff, and more than 300 private attorneys who volunteer their time, we serve more than 12,000 people annually.
CASES WE HANDLE
At Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, we help low income individuals and families with free civil (non-criminal) legal counsel to protect their basic necessities of life, including shelter, freedom from physical abuse, medical care and access to legal protections and supports that are guaranteed by law, but not always provided.
We provide FREE legal representation in the following areas:
COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES: assistance to adults in Westchester County who suffer from mental illness with a broad array of legal services in areas such as housing, disability, and other general legal matters.
CRIME VICTIMS: Crime victims often have legal needs as a result of becoming a victim of crime. We assist victims with civil legal matters, such as housing, family law, employment, consumer matters, and immigration.
DISABILITY ADVOCACY: legal assistance to individuals with disabilities including discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act; representation to children and adults with developmental disabilities in areas such as Social Security/SSI, housing, rehabilitation, transportation, and employment. 100% of any award goes to the client. View our Disability Advocacy brochure here.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: advocacy and representation for survivors including orders of protection, child/spousal support, child custody and visitation, immigration remedies, and referrals for other issues related to safety and support. We can also assist in uncontested divorces and in locating pro bono attorneys to represent survivors of domestic violence in obtaining divorces. Learn more about our work for survivors of domestic abuse here. Read about our work with Safe Homes of Orange County. View our Domestic Violence brochure here.
ELDER LAW: advocacy and representation to seniors in areas including housing, Social Security, Medicaid, permanency planning, and home care. Learn more about our work for seniors here. View our Elder Law brochure here.
HIV/AIDS: assistance for individuals and families infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS with legal issues including disability, Medicaid/insurance, permanency planning, and eviction. View our HIV/AIDS Advocacy brochure here.
HOUSING: legal representation and advice to residents in eviction and foreclosure proceedings, and to tenants living in unsafe or unhealthy conditions.
INDEPENDENT CONSUMER ADVOCACY NETWORK (ICAN): ICAN is the New York State Ombudsman Program for people with Medicaid who need long-term services – e.g., home attendant, adult day care or nursing home accommodations. This program can help people who are applying for Medicaid and need help applying for a Managed Long-Term Care, Medicaid Managed Care or Fully Integrated Duals Advantage plan. It can also provide information and advice to friends, family members, or anyone else who is helping a person with his or her medical decisions. View our ICAN brochure here.
LGBTQ LEGAL PROJECT: this program is dedicated to representing the LGBTQ community and ensuring that its basic necessities of life are being met, and to advocating for clients who have been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. View our LGBTQ brochure here.
PUBLIC BENEFITS: legal assistance to individuals who have been incorrectly denied or terminated from subsistence benefit programs, including Food Stamps, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and cash assistance, among others.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: LSHV advocates for students with disabilities or suspected of having disabilities in all school districts in Rockland County and the city school districts in Poughkeepsie, Middletown, and Newburgh. Students in these districts with IEPs, Section 504 Plans, or neither of these but suspected of having disabilities may be eligible for services. Read about our Children’s Advocacy services in Rockland here.
VETERANS & MILITARY FAMILIES: advocacy for those who have served on a wide range of issues, including veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and/or facing denial of benefits, eviction, or consumer fraud. Veterans Benefits Counseling is provided at no cost by the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs. View our Veterans brochure here.
OTHER: Through LSHV’s PRO BONO UNIT we recruit and train volunteer attorneys to represent our clients in matters involving many of the types of cases above as well as:
- CONSUMER DEBT
- Technical assistance to lawyers to make them more effective in representing their special needs clients;
- Education and outreach to the community / other agencies pertaining to protecting legal rights;
- Referrals for individuals who are not eligible for our services.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN ON-SITE:
Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Italian, German, French, Haitian-Creole, Romanian, Russian
Other Languages Available By Translation Service