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Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.

Who We Are

LawNY is a non-profit law firm. We provide free legal aid to people with civil legal problems. LawNY - Ithaca is one of seven offices serving residents in 14 counties in western New York

What We Do

We provide legal advice and representation for clients faced with eviction and homelessness.  We advise and represent clients regarding their procedural and substantive rights in the administration of public benefit programs, including public assistance, Unemployment insurance, Social Security and SSI Disability benefits, SNAP (Food Stamps).  We have special grants to serve people facing foreclosure, senior citizens, victims of sexual assault or domestic violence and ex-offenders facing barriers to employment.  We also provide information and community education to clients and human service providers regarding housing and public benefits issues so that problems can be prevented or avoided before they result in adjudicatory proceedings.  Our target population includes any of those low-income (less than 125% of poverty) residents of Tompkins County with legal problems related to housing, access to justice, or eligibility for public benefits.

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