Family Law: Advice, self-help materials, and representation in court for restraining orders, stalking orders, divorce, child custody, parenting time, parental kidnapping, and child and spousal support.
Government Benefits Law: Advice and representation to people who are having problems with cash assistance, medical, or other government benefits programs such as: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), Food Stamps, Social Security, SSI, the JOBS program, the Oregon Health Plan, Temporary Assistance to Domestic Violence Survivors (TADVS), Medicaid, Medicare, day care payments, vocational rehabilitation, or unemployment compensation. Call the Legal Aid Statewide Public Benefits Hotline at (800) 520-5292.
Homeless Law: Advice and representation to homeless people whose cases involve shelter or provider issues, sidewalk obstruction, camping, park, ODOT, or Tri-Met exclusions, or other civil rights matters that derive from a person's status as a homeless person.
General Housing: Advice and limited representation on landlord-tenant problems such as illegal possession of tenant property, utility shut-offs by the landlord, unlawful lockouts, or self-help evictions.
Fair Housing: Advice, assistance and representation to people who think that they have been discriminated against in housing by reason of race, color, creed, nationality, disability, familial relationship, marital status, sex, source of income, gender identity, age or sexual orientation.
Subsidized Housing: Advice, assistance and representation to applicants or tenants in government assisted programs such as those operated by the Housing Authority of Portland or funded by HUD like the Section 8 rent subsidy program; advice and representation through the stages of a court eviction involving government subsidized housing.
Evictions: Advice and referral concerning evictions from private housing.
Senior Law: Advice and representation of seniors who have problems with VA benefits, long term care facilities, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security benefits, Oregon Project Independence, elder abuse, property and renters' tax relief, guardianships, some debt collection and other consumer issues.
Individual Tax Issues: LASO’s Multnomah County office helps low-income taxpayers anywhere in the state of Oregon with tax problems. Most tax cases can be handled by phone and fax or mail, without the need to go in person to the Portland office. Call the Portland office at 503-224-4086 or 1-888-610-8764 to see if you qualify.
Other Civil Legal Matters: Legal Aid also accepts a limited number of cases involving special education, police misconduct, discrimination based on race, disability, gender or sexual orientation, and other individual rights cases.