Legal Services


Legal Aid Society (Harlem Community Law Office)

230 East 106th Street New York, NY 10029

(212) 426-3000

Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Services: Not-for-profit local office of the Legal Aid Society providing low-income Manhattan residents with free legal assistance on civil (non-criminal) matters, including: family, tax, and elder law; HIV/AIDS; entitlements; and housing.

Cost: Free

Note: The best way to receive help is to call the phone number for intake and to schedule an appointment.

English/Spanish flyer to give to patients: LegalAidSociety_Flyer.pdf

NY Legal Assistance Group

Mount Sinai Hospital, Annenberg Building

(212) 750-0800 Ext: 2

Hours: Call M/W/Th

Services: legal

Cost: Free

Note: Contact Omayra for Legal Health Clinic referrals. Patients can be seen here at Mt Sinai on Fridays at Annenberg 4-33 (area H), but require appointments.

Urban Justice Center

123 William Street 16th Floor

New York, NY, 10038

(646) 602-5600

Hours: Open Monday-Friday Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Yorkville Common Pantry

Services: For Assistance with Public Assistance, Food Stamps & Eviction Prevention. We also provide appropriate advice/referrals regarding other problems including referrals for housing court assistance.

Spanish spoken.

Appointments: Arrive early, clinics are first come/first served, and we ask everyone to sign in. The legal staff is comprised of both attorneys and legal advocates. The person you meet may not be a lawyer. Clinics may occasionally close.

Cost: Free

MFY Legal Services Employment Law Clinic

299 Broadway

(212) 417-3838

Hours: Mon-Tues 2-5pm

Services: For low-wage and immigrant workers – Free legal advice about job-related problems: lost job or hours reduced, employer refuses to pay wages or overtime, having problems with obtaining unemployment insurance, cannot find or keep work because of a criminal record, you were fired because you or a family member got sick, you are not getting the pension or other benefits your employer promised, you were discriminated against at work, etc

Staff and resources in Spanish, Creole, French, Mandarin, Cantonese; if language no served, use interpreter or language line

Appointments: Call to schedule an appointment. During call, questions are asked concerning the case before organization decides the take the case; all individuals regardless of citizenship status are welcome to call

Cost: Free

Children’s Aid Society

105 East 22nd Street

New York, NY 10010

(212) 358-8930

Services: The Office of Public Policy and Client Advocacy focuses primarily on housing, low-income subsidies, domestic violence, child support, access to health care, juvenile justice, special education, credit, immigration, foster care, and the rights of teens, and collaborates with over 25 pro bono legal providers when litigation is needed.

Cost: Variable

Legal Action Center - Free Legal Services for HIV-Positive New Yorkers

225 Varick Street New York, NY 10014

(212) 243-1313

Services: The Legal Action Center can help HIV-positive New Yorkers address a host of legal issues, including overcoming barriers created by a criminal record, HIV discrimination, confidentiality & testing, standby guardianships, living wills and health care proxies.

Cost: Free