Current Initiatives

Equal Access to Transportation Initiative

Hampton Roads is the 37th largest metropolitan area in the United States, but it ranks 96th in job accessibility through public transit out of the 100 largest metro areas. In Hampton Roads, only 2% of jobs are accessible via public transit in 30 minutes and 5% in 60 minutes. The lack of adequate public transit in the region makes having a car a necessity, but low-income car buyers face a multitude of predatory and unfair practices.  Sponsored by Equal Justice Works, Attorney Frank White represents clients throughout our service area against unscrupoulous car dealers and lenders, as well as providing important educational outreach to low-income persons about the common pitfalls of purchasing cars, and the rights and responsibilities of consumers under the law.

Safe at Home

At Legal Aid we believe that no victim of domestic violence should have to face their abuser alone.  Partnering with our region's domestic vioence shelters and advocates throughout our communities, we have three attorneys and one paralegal who provide full representation in court to all victims of domestic violence in protective orders, custody, support and divorce matters.

Advocates for Credit, Employment and Shelter

Understanding that sometimes combating poverty and injustice requires a coordinated effort, we have partnered with the other Legal Services Corporation of Virginia grantees to fight statewide issues surrounding equal access to credit, employment and housing.  Attorney Jesse Zajac zealously advocates throughout our service area on these issues, as well as coordinating statewide initiatives with other ACE advocates throughout the state.

Campaign to Reduce Evictions Fellowship

Given that Hampton Roads has some of the highest eviction rates in the nation, LASEV is happy to announce the CARES Fellowship.  The CARES attorney, Emily Smith, works to fight evictions throughout the LASEV service area, spearheading LASEV's eviction diversion programs and being present in the local courts to provide information and representation to tenants on the local public housing eviction dockets.