Due to COVID-19, all VLS in-person legal clinics have been suspended. We are continuing services for existing clients during this challenging time and offering remote services for new clients. Please call 857-317-4474 for the most up to date information and to see if you are eligible. Alternatively, you can complete an online eligibility screening by filling out this form. All information you provide is confidential.
If you or someone in your family has served in the military and you are experiencing food insecurity, financial insecurity, or housing insecurity, you may be eligible for immediate cash assistance from the Chapter 115 Program. Click here to learn more.
Please note that an advocate may return your call from a blocked number. We look forward to resuming in-person services when it is safe to do so.
Types of cases VLS assists with:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- CORI Issues/Sealing Criminal Records
- Consumer Debt
- Discharge Upgrades
- Domestic Violence
- Housing (Evictions, Security Deposits, Conditions Issues)
- Public Benefits (SNAP, MassHealth, etc.)
- Subsidized Housing Eligibility
- Social Security
- State and Federal Veterans Benefits*
*Veterans Legal Services is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is not part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or any other government agency. VLS is committed to advocating for veterans in front of the VA and other state and federal agencies to assist low-income veterans in obtaining the benefits they have earned and deserve.
Geographic Area Served
Clients must reside in Massachusetts and must attend one of VLS’s legal clinics for an in-person intake. Cases must be in Massachusetts.
For more information on VLS’s eligibility guidelines, please visit the For Clients page.
Clinic Locations (SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center
200 Springs Road, Building 80
Bedford, MA 01730
Call the Bedford VA at 781-687-2575 to schedule or cancel an appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time.
Chelsea Soldiers’ Home
91 Crest Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
Greater Boston Stand Down
City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02108
Greater Boston Stand Down was held on 9/6/19. Anticipated to be held again in 9/2020.
New England Center & Home for Veterans
17 Court Street (Government Center)
Boston, MA 02108
Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court
631 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Note: VLS provides civil (non-criminal case) support to veterans participating in the Veterans Treatment Court. If you have a question specific to the Norfolk County/Dedham Veterans Treatment Court, call their hotline directly at (781) 329-4777 x412.
Clinic Scheduling Policy – Dates for VLS’s legal clinics at the Chelsea Soldiers Home and Norfolk County Veterans Treatment Court are scheduled on a quarterly basis.
Weather Cancellation Policy – To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and clients, Veterans Legal Services does not hold clinic if Boston Public Schools are closed due to weather.