Each year NLSLA provides free assistance to thousands of individuals and families through innovative projects that expand access to justice and address the most critical needs of Los Angeles poverty communities.
NLSLA believes access to safe, affordable housing is essential to the health of individuals, families, and communities. The organization works to preserve affordable housing and rent control, prevent unlawful evictions and foreclosures, and fight discrimination in Section 8 and other government-subsidized housing. Attorneys provide a range of services, from advice and counsel to individual representation and high-impact litigation.
NLSLA is at the forefront of health advocacy in California: we lead a statewide network of programs offering free assistance to people struggling to get coverage and resolve problems with health plans; work to identify widespread health access issues that need to be addressed on a policy level; and ensure implementation of the Affordable Care Act is meaningful for the most impacted communities in Los Angeles
Helping low-income individuals, families and communities attain economic security is at the heart of much of NLSLAs work. Our advocates work to mitigate the effects of poverty and create opportunities for individuals and families to attain financial stability. We work with clients to remove barriers to education and employment, protect and resolve family relationships, and ensure access to safety-net public benefits.
Access to Justice
NLSLA believes justice depends on equal access to the courts and to the protections of the law. How can we ensure a fair outcome in a custody case when there is no interpreter? How can someone in a wheelchair fight to protect their home when their assigned courtroom is three bus routes away? NLSLA works to ensure access to our courts and to expand legal assistance and representation in civil cases where basic human needs are at stake.
Mission Statement: Neighborhood Legal Services combats the effects of poverty and creates lasting improvements in the lives of individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County.