Legal Advocacy

The Neighborhood House created our Legal Department in 2004 to address the lack of general civil legal organizations in our community. Our attorneys and advocates provide free, comprehensive civil legal services to individuals and families – frail older adults, disabled and homeless people, immigrants, low-wage workers and low-income families – on the East Side of Manhattan, including East Harlem and Roosevelt Island, using a multi-disciplinary holistic approach to legal representation.

Are you seeking legal assistance?

Our phone intake is currently open for the following matters: 

  • SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Health Care
  • Advance Directives

If you need legal assistance in one of these areas,
please call our intake hotline at 212-218-0503.

For assistance with eviction prevention or rent arrears, please attend one of our twice-a-month Walk-In Housing Intake sessions at 331 East 70th Street, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month. 

All cases will be screened through our intake process and will be accepted on an individual case-by-case basis.  If we cannot assist you directly, we will do our best to make an appropriate referral. 

Learn more about all of our Legal Advocacy Projects + Issues →

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Legal Advocacy projects + Issues

Advance Directives

Health Care Access

Homeless Prevention Project

SCRIE Assistance

Special Pro Bono Projects

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)