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Starting Tuesday, August 6th, BFC Legal On-Call will be CLOSED in both centers. Services will resume on Monday, September 9.
Interested in a Fall 2020 legal fellowship?  Law students entering their last year or recent law graduates can click here to learn more.
During the month of August, BFC’s Legal On-Call will be closed.  Call the DC Bar Pro Bono Center’s Legal Helpline at 202-626-3499 for assistance, or attend the DC Bar Pro Bono Center’s free legal advice clinic on second Saturdays from 10 am to Noon at BFC’s NW and SE centers. Click here for a list of local legal clinic referrals.

How to Get Help

Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic provides advice and representation in three main areas to DC residents living with low-incomes:

HOUSING LAW: helping tenants in landlord-tenant and subsidized housing cases.

FAMILY/IMMIGRATION LAW: helping survivors of domestic violence in Civil Protection Orders, family law cases (like custody and divorce), and immigration cases (like VAWA self-petitions, U visas, and SIJS), plus helping custodial and non-custodial parents in child support cases.

PUBLIC BENEFITS LAW: helping individuals facing problems with getting or keeping public benefits, like TANF, Food Stamps, and Medicaid.

Learn more about how the Justice Gap impacts the low-income community.

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Access to justice should not be limited by one’s ability to pay for help. Unfortunately, 86% of low-income households in the United States receive little or no help with civil legal challenges.

With Bread for the City’s help, individuals …

• Receive same-day advice and representation in court during critical stages of child support cases,
• Receive legal services while escaping domestic violence,
• Receive same-day advice and representation when facing eviction or loss of a housing subsidy,
• Overcome barriers in getting a government-issued ID, and
• Organize to achieve legal solutions to effect systemic change on community-identified issues.

Call our Legal Clinic today!

Call Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm.


Please note that Bread for the City cannot guarantee representation in your matter.  Appointments are available on Monday afternoons only.  When appointments are unavailable, we give referrals to other groups that may be able to provide free legal information, advice, or representation.



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BFC Icon Access to Justice Projects

Accessing Identifying Documents

The Accessing Identifying Documents Project helps residents who hit barriers in getting a DMV-issued ID, which is necessary to pursue critical opportunities like employment and housing.

Community Lawyering

The Community Lawyering Project uses legal advocacy and organizing to help achieve solutions to community-identified issues in ways that develop local leadership and institutions that can continue to exert power to effect systemic change, including representing groups of tenants in preserving affordable, safe housing in the District.

Housing Right to Counsel Project

The Housing Right to Counsel Project, in partnership with Legal Counsel for the Elderly and Legal Aid, expands access to representation to tenants at risk of eviction and losing an invaluable housing subsidy that is the only way they can afford to live in the District.

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