For more than 25 years, the Legal Wellness Institute has provided comprehensive legal services for HIV affected individuals and families living throughout NYC. An integral part of The Family Center’s wraparound approach to supporting HIV+ New Yorkers, our legal services help ensure that clients have stable housing and family relationships, access to income and health care, and a plan for the future.
Clients can access individualized advice, advocacy relating to benefits and housing, document preparation, and representation in court proceedings (Housing Court, Family Court, Divorce, etc.) and administrative hearings (SSI/SSDI, Medicaid/HASA/SNAP, NYCHA and more).
LWI also provides on-site legal clinics and legal education events on a variety of topics for HIV- related groups, organizations, and providers. To schedule a clinic or presentation, please contact Caroline Bersak.
If you are affected by HIV and need legal assistance, please call our Legal Intake line at 718.789.3841 x 150.
These services are made possible in part by funding from the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.