Legal Aid of West Virginia
Legal Aid of West Virginia provides legal representation in civil cases to low-income people across the entire state of West Virginia. The principal types of legal problems handled are:
- Family Law, protecting victims of domestic violence, and protecting custodial rights of “primary caretaker” parents threatened with loss of custody of their children. In this area we coordinate many of our services with the statewide coalition of domestic violence shelter programs;
- Housing Law, assisting low income families in getting and keeping safe and adequate housing;
- Public Benefits Law, to secure Unemployment Compensation benefits, welfare benefits, food stamps, and Medicaid coverage.
In addition we have separate funding for (1) representing welfare recipients encountering legal obstacles to getting employment; (2) addressing quality of care problems for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care settings throughout the state; and (3) advocacy for people with mental health needs, both inside and outside state operated facilities.
The Charleston office is the largest of the 12 LAWV offices in the state, providing both direct local services and specialty advocacy work throughout the state. The Charleston office provides direct local services in a variety of settings, serving the coalfield counties, the urban capitol city area, and several extremely rural isolated central WV mountain counties.