Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project
The Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (DVLAP) offers comprehensive civil legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence to help them rebuild their lives safe from abuse. DVLAP advocates handle complex family law cases, including child custody and visitation, paternity, child support enforcement, and divorce. They also assist people facing domestic violence with other legal issues arising from abuse, such as securing housing, health coverage, and domestic violence-based immigration status. This project was formerly known as the Battered Women’s Legal Assistance Project.
The following legal aid organizations receive DVLAP funding: Community Legal Aid, De Novo, Greater Boston Legal Services, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, MetroWest Legal Services, Northeast Legal Aid, South Coastal Counties Legal Services.
Disability Benefits Project
The Disability Benefits Project (DBP) was created by the Legislature in 1984 to provide legal assistance to low-income Massachusetts residents who have been wrongfully denied federal disability benefits or who have had their benefits unfairly reduced or terminated by the Social Security Administration.
The following legal aid organizations receive DBP funding: Center for Public Representation, Community Legal Aid, De Novo, Disability Law Center, Greater Boston Legal Services, MetroWest Legal Services, Northeast Legal Aid, South Coastal Counties Legal Services.
Medicare Advocacy Project
The Medicare Advocacy Project (MAP) operates from legal aid offices across the Commonwealth, assisting elders and persons with disabilities in obtaining the Medicare and Medicare-related health insurance coverage to which they are entitled. MAP advocates represent Medicare beneficiaries with individual issues and in groups to address policy issues.
The following legal aid organizations receive MAP funding: Community Legal Aid, Greater Boston Legal Services, South Coastal Counties Legal Services.