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

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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 »

Supreme Court: Don’t Jail Disabled for Legal Financial Obligations!

In a victory for indigent disabled people throughout the state, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in a case brought by NJP that federal law prohibits courts from ordering defendants to pay court imposed Legal Financial Obligations if the person’s only source of income is social security disability benefits. The court added: “…A person's present inability to meet their own basic needs is not only relevant, but crucial to determining whether paying LFOs would create a manifest hardship.” City of Richland v. Wakefield. Read more »

NJP Stops Eviction of 65 Section 8 Families in Renton

Sixty-five families who depend on Section 8 vouchers to help pay their rent received notices that their vouchers would no longer be accepted and were told they would have to leave by the end of October 2016. Notice was given by the purchasers of two Renton buildings who wanted to raise the rents above what the Section 8 program subsidy allows. NJP attorneys Scott Crain and Matt Brady agreed to represent the tenants and raised the prospect of fair housing violations. All 23 families in one building are African American, many are female headed households, and many tenants are also disabled.  Read more »

Section 8 tenants flee Seattle’s high rents, compete for housing in smaller cities

Seattle has been bleeding Section 8 tenants for years. But now, as rents skyrocket, even the county’s smaller towns are pricing out tenants who need affordable housing. “What we’re seeing now is this ripple effect,” said Seattle Housing Authority spokeswoman Kerry Coughlin. Northwest Justice Project attorney Scott Crain has been assisting Section 8 tenants who have received move-out notices. See full story by Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times.

NJP Referrals to AGO Lead to Used Car Dealer Agreeing to Pay $250,000 For Discrimination!

EN ESPAÑOL - El Procurador General Ferguson anuncia que un concesionario de autos usados pagará $250,000 por discriminación y reclamos de protección al consumidor 

NJP CLEAR and King County Debt Clinic advocates contacted the WA Attorney General’s Office Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit after seeing a pattern of egregious abuse in used car sales involving primarily Spanish speaking clients statewide. Abuse of low-income individuals in used car sales is widespread and has serious consequences for the car buyer seeking affordable and reliable transportation for work, and also creates dangerous situations for the clients, their families, and the driving public when cars malfunction on the road. Read more »

Equal Opportunity, Access & Diversity

Consistent with NJP’s commitment to combat injustice by improving access to our civil justice system, all NJP facilities are accessible, and NJP provides language and sign interpreters for persons needing assistance to access our services. Read more »

Email Notice | Warning!

WARNING! Please do not send requests for legal assistance via email. Unsolicited e-mail is not confidential. If you send e-mail to us that we have not asked you to send, you may be sending information that may be disclosed to others. If you are concerned about confidentiality, do not send confidential information in an email message. No attorney-client relationship is created or assumed to exist between Northwest Justice Project and persons who seek legal help through email. Any information sent to NJP through email is not confidential or subject to the attorney-client privilege unless or until NJP agrees to provide you legal assistance.