The Poverty Law Project addresses both the symptoms and the causes of poverty.
We help people remain in their homes by fighting evictions and foreclosures, and we improve the quality of those homes by enforcing the rental housing code on both an individual and statewide level.
We help people with disabilities who are in danger of losing their benefits, and we help people who are entitled to unemployment compensation benefits but have been denied.
We represent victims of domestic violence in housing, consumer, bankruptcy and other cases that allow them to become economically independent of their abusers.
Through our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, we represent low income people who have tax disputes with the IRS.
Our legislative advocacy on behalf of low-income people addresses the systemic and institutional causes of poverty. For example, we lobbied for a bill that provides protections for vulnerable consumers who purchase products from rent-to-own businesses. We also lobbied to make it unlawful to ask about criminal history on job applications, making it easier for those who served time for non-violent, minor offences to find jobs and improve their financial situations.
The Poverty Law Project has developed online materials on a variety of legal topics. Access them on our Vermont Law Help website.