Expanding VA-housed legal clinics to serve Veterans

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

By Kimberly Lattimore, Jennifer Trott & Joel Teitelbaum National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Among Veterans at risk for housing instability, civil legal matters such as family law issues, eviction and utility shut-offs, and problems with accessing disability benefits, routinely rise to the top of self-reported unmet needs. In the current situation where there are insufficient affordable resources to address these needs, legal help provided through programs like VA-housed legal clinics is vital. VA-housed legal clinics make free legal assistance conveniently available where many Veterans seek health care and other social support. This issue brief highlights how VA-housed legal clinics can expand their work to serve more Veterans in a targeted manner by adopting best practices from medical-legal partnerships.