ALA-Massachusetts members are placed at non-profit organizations throughout Massachusetts who offer legal assistance to low-income clients. Some are regional legal services organizations, some are faith-based organizations, and some are statewide programs specializing in a particular area of law. All are staffed by committed legal professionals who supervise ALA-Massachusetts advocates.
Interested in hosting our AmeriCorps advocates? Read our Host Site Partner Information for 2017-2018 to learn more. The full partner application is open as of January 3, 2017, and is due on February 3, 2017.For questions, contact Amy Copperman at email@example.com.
Our site partners for the 2017-2018 service year are:
Ascentria is a leading community service organization serving clients in Central Massachusetts. Their mission is to strengthen communities by empowering people to respond to life’s challenges. Ascentria provides social services to the following populations: children, youth, families, persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness and deafness, the economically disadvantaged, refugees, immigrants, older adults and the elderly.
CCAB provides a variety of social services to residents throughout Eastern Massachusetts. With a mission to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people, services include, Basic Needs, Childcare, Children and Youth, Counseling, Adult Education, Elder Services, Family Services, Immigration Legal Services, Interpreter Services, Refugee Services, Shelter, Friends Feeding Families, Post Adoption & Search.
Catholic Social Services is a multi-service organization serving Southeast Massachusetts which provides legal assistance on immigration matters, with a priority focus on the residents of their housing programs.
Worcester, Springfield, Northampton, and Pittsfield
Community Legal Aid is the state-funded civil legal aid program serving central and western Massachusetts. Central West Justice Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CLA. These programs provide free legal assistance to low-income clients in the areas of elder law, housing law, immigration law, government benefits and unemployment compensation, family law, and discrimination.
Greater Boston Legal Services is the lead civil legal aid program serving Greater Boston, and includes Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services. Both programs provide free legal assistance for low-income clients in the areas of employment, family law, particularly domestic violence, health law, disability law, housing law, immigration law, welfare-related law, elder law, and special outreach to Asian populations with limited English proficiencies.
Health Law advocates is a public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services.
The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center serves Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Counties. MFHC provides free legal services and accepts housing discrimination complaints based on race, national origin, color, ancestry, religion, sex, disability, presence of minor children, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, receipt of public assistance, including Section 8 housing assistance, receipt of housing subsidies or rental assistance, and genetic information. MFHC also preserves homeownership, by advocating for distressed homeowners in mortgage lending cases, and by assisting victims of foreclosure rescue scams.
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute is the statewide legal services support center. MLRI advocates for low-income people, minorities, immigrants, elders, and people with disabilities in their struggles for basic human needs; defend against measures that harm people living in poverty; advocate for systemic reforms that achieve social justice; and provide support that will enable others to carry out these objectives.
The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is a state agency within the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts charged with advising and advocating for indigent individuals with mental health issues on a range of legal matters. MHLAC does legal work in areas including mental health law, rights in institutional settings, restraint, education and special education law, juvenile justice law, family law, guardianship matters, access to mental health care, mental health insurance reform, and insurance discrimination.
MetroWest Legal Services is the primary civil legal aid agency in Framingham and surrounding areas. MWLS’s priorities include income maintenance, housing, domestic relations (including domestic violence), education, elder law, and health law.
Northeast Legal Aid is the primary civil legal aid program serving Northeast Massachusetts. The Northeast Justice Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northeast Legal Aid. NLA and NJC represent low-income clients, elders and veterans in the areas of housing evictions and foreclosures, consumer debt, public benefits, immigration, community development, health law, and domestic violence.
Project Citizenship is a collaborative created by the Fish Family Foundation in partnership with several immigrant, community-based and direct service organizations in Greater Boston. The mission is to educate immigrants about the benefits of citizenship, and to help eligible, legal permanent residents overcome barriers to naturalization through an array of services including: application assistance, preparation for the civics test and interview, legal services, and English classes.
The mission of Rosie's Place is to help women maintain their dignity, see opportunity and find security in their lives. Rosie's Place has evolved from providing meals and shelter to creating permanent solutions through advocacy, education and affordable housing to women as young as 18 and as old as 80. Rosie's Place provides legal services in the areas of housing law and family law in conjunction with Greater Boston Legal Services.
Fall River, Hyannis, New Bedford, and Brockton
South Coastal Counties Legal Services is a non-profit corporation which provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth Counties, and the towns of Avon and Stoughton. The Justice Center is a wholly owned subsidiary of SCCLS. The programs provide civil legal assistance to low-income residents, elders, and veterans in the areas of housing, family law, benefits, immigration/asylum law, elder law, and education law.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys.