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GHLA provides legal services to:

• very low income people
To be eligible for our services applicants generally need to be living near the federal poverty level.  This is about $30,000 for a family of 4, about $20,000 for a family of 2.

• living in Greater Hartford
We serve residents from the following towns: Avon, Bloomfield, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Manchester, Marlborough, Newington, Simsbury, South Windsor, Suffield, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks.

We serve people 60 years of age and older in the above towns and also in these additional towns: Andover, Berlin, Bolton, Columbia, Ellington, Hebron, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Somers, Southington, Stafford, Tolland, and Vernon.

• with certain civil legal problems
We do not take criminal cases (defend a person who has been arrested).

We handle these legal issues:
Divorce, custody, restraining orders for family violence victims
Evictions, landlord problems for tenants in subsidized housing
Employment discrimination, unemployment compensation, pardons, wage theft, leave time
Food Stamps, Medicaid, SAGA, SSI, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA)

Immigration status issues for family violence victims
Nursing home, right to home care, advance directives for seniors
Special education, expulsions & school discipline

We do not take medical malpractice or accident cases.

To Apply for Our Help

All calls and applications are private and confidential.

Please call Statewide Legal Services (SLS) to determine if you qualify for free legal services. SLS staff will ask you some questions and may give you legal advice. If you have the kind of case GHLA handles, SLS will refer your case to us. GHLA will then review your application and decide if we will take your case.

SLS call-in hours are:
Monday – Friday
9 am to 12 noon and 1 to 2 pm

Toll-free: 1-800-453-3320
From Hartford: 860-344-0380

You can apply online through SLS by clicking here or by text. Simply text the word APPLY to 860-300-3845 and answer the questions as you are prompted. Standard messenger and data rates may apply.
(If you have an emergency call SLS, do not apply online.)

You can call GHLA directly at 860-541-5000, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

If you are 60 years old or older you can apply by calling GHLA directly at 860-541-5062.


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