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Our Vision: "Justice for All Low-Income People in Washington"


Welcome to the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.   Read more »

2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update & Press Coverage of Justice Gap

The recently released 2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study Update reveals a sharp increase in the average number of civil legal problems facing low-income people - from 3 to more than 9 per year – since the original 2003 Supreme Court study.  The statewide survey of more than 1,600 households also shows that less than one quarter of those experiencing these problems receive any help, this as the number of Washington's poorest residents eligible for civil legal aid has risen to 1.25 million, a 40% increase since 2003. Communities of color - and especially children of color - suffer disproportionately  Read more »

Free Legal Assistance for Persons Affected by Wildfire Disasters!


Toll Free:  (844) 435-7676

(English/Español – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Free legal assistance may be available if, as a result of the wildfires, you are having problems such as:

  • Landlord/Tenant  or other housing disputes
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Mortgage difficulties & foreclosures

Foreclosure Prevention Minutes

Lili Sotelo, NJP Foreclosure Prevention Unit Senior Attorney, has been tapped by the Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Commerce to do a series of Foreclosure Prevention Minutes to increase public awareness of ways homeowners can secure their rights under Washington’s Foreclosure Fairness Act.  See the first segment here: “Foreclosure Prevention Minute.” Ms. Sotelo was also recently interviewed by KING  5s: New Day Northwest about ways homeowners can prevent foreclosures. Watch the New Day Northwest interview here.

Plain Talk About Foreclosure / Una Plática Franca Sobre la Ejecución Hipotecaria

The Northwest Justice Project, in partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Housing and Seattle University School of Law, presents a short educational video on the foreclosure process, entitled “Plain Talk about Foreclosure.” Read more » Launches!

NJP's Veterans Project has launched an interactive legal information resource for Washington veterans and advocates working to assist veterans: Read more »

Washington State Foreclosure Mapping Report

The Washington State Foreclosure Mapping Report identifies, for the period 2008-2013, the Washington zip codes most significantly affected by mortgage foreclosures.  Read more »

Affordable Care Act

You can apply for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) ANY TIME during the year.  But unless you meet one of the exceptions below, you can only enroll in a Qualified Health Plan Read more »

Series on Debtors Prisons: Court Costs & LFOs

Series on the impact of legal financial obligations for low-income people. Read more »

Legal Services for Veterans – NJP Expands Project Statewide!

NJP is expanding its legal services for Veterans Project statewide. Read more »