Veterans Legal Assistance Project

Organization: Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP)

The Veterans Legal Assistance Project will handle all those areas that NLSP already covers: (e.g., landlord tenant, family law) with the addition of:
Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation Benefits,
Select Veterans Affairs benefits (i.e., Post 9/11 GI Bill) on a case-by-case basis
Military discharge upgrades.


The Veterans Legal Assistance Project (VLAP) provides free civil legal assistance to low-income veterans in the DC region. Often homeless and disabled, these veterans lack the most basic essentials: safe and affordable housing, healthcare, subsistence income or a job and protection from exploitation or violence. Many of their problems have legal dimensions and can be alleviated or resolved with the help of a lawyer.

Launched in 2015 in response to a fragmented and inadequate network of legal assistance for destitute veterans, the VLAP provides a gateway to legal and other services for this highly vulnerable population. An NLSP Staff attorney serves as the VLAP Project Manager. The project is overseen by the Capital Area Veterans Legal Services Collaborative, a group of legal services providers and law firms in the DC area who seek to improve the accessibility, scope and delivery of effective, free civil legal services to homeless and low-income veterans.
Application: Call or walk in during intake hours for an intake. Income eligibility guidelines ( may be flexible on a case by case basis.
Service Category: Legal

NLSP Headquarters
64 New York Ave NE Washington DC 20002

(202) 832-1984, (202) 832-6577

NLSP Southeast Office
2412 Minnesota Avenue, SE Washington DC 20020

(202) 832-6577, (202) 889-3374

NLSP Far Northeast Office
4609 Polk Street, NE Washington DC 20019

(202) 399-1349, (202) 832-6577