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Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.- LawNY® - Rochester Office


Fair Housing
Public Housing
Other Housing Issues
Landlord and Tenant
Applying for Benefits
Family Assistance
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Social Security and SSI
Unemployment Compensation
Discrimination on the Job
Unemployment Compensation
Other Work Issues
Children’s Health Insurance Programs
Health Insurance
Advance Directives/Living Wills
Food Stamps
Health Care
Other Issues for Seniors
Power of Attorney
Veterans Benefits
Veteran and Military Families
Veteran and Military Health
Other Veteran Issues
Criminal records
Civil Rights and Discrimination
Credit Reporting and Identify Thef

About Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.- LawNY® - Rochester Office

LawNY® is a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low income people in 14 counties in western New York. LawNY® offices may be able to help you with problems such as housing, public benefits, family law  for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, consumer, and access to health care. Special projects provide legal help to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, victims of crime, Veterans and people living with HIV/AIDS.  

We provide free legal services:

  • Monroe County

Criteria for legal help:

Eligibility guidelines are generally 125% of the federal poverty level, but vary by type of legal problem (due to requirements of different funding sources). Exceptions can be made in certain circumstances up to 200% of Federal Poverty Level.

We provide the following free legal services:

Fair Housing:

    • Discrimination in renting

Federal Protected Classes: Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Gender, Familiar Status, Disability. Additional Categories in NYS: Age, Marital Status, Sexual Orientation

    • Accommodation of disabled individuals (e.g., ramp or therapeutic animal)


    • Evictions
    • Terminations from Rochester Public Housing, Section 8
    • Subsidized housing issues
    • Landlord problems
    • Landlord Disputes (Repairs, Utility Shut-offs by landlord)

Employment Rights and Rights of Persons with Criminal Records:

    • Employment Discrimination
    • Employment Clearance for Background Checks by Public Agencies
    • Certificates of Relief from Disability/ Certificates of Good Conduct
    • Public Benefits denials based on Criminal Record (“Fleeing Felon” and UIB Misconduct)
    • Employment Discrimination based on Criminal Record (Re-entry issues)- All Counties

Public Benefits:

    • Denials, Sanctions, or Discontinuances of Public Assistance, Food Stamps, Medical Assistance, Child Care benefits, Non Dependent Grantee, HEAP, etc.
    • Denials, Sanctions or Discontinuances of Emergency Placements
    • Representation at Fair Hearings
    • The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program conducts pre-screenings and assists Food Stamp applicants in Monroe County. Call (585) 295-5624.

Health Law (All 14 Counties within LawNY wide)

    • Barriers to enrollment and retention of benefits
    • Denials of health care services
    • Coordination of benefits
    • Access to care for uninsured persons
    • Access to health insurance programs
    • Reduction of medical debt
    • Managed Long-term Care Issue

Seniors Legal Services Project:

    • Power of Attorney/ Advanced Care Directives (Wills)
    • Healthcare issues (including Medicare and Medicaid)
    • Evictions
    • Rights of Nursing Home and Adult Home Residents
    • Social Security Overpayments
    • Public Benefits
    • Simple Wills
    • Debtor/Creditor


    • Civil legal problems named above faced by veterans and their families.


  • Pull credit report for homeless individuals  to help them with housing

This organization accessible by wheelchair and provides access for the hearing impaired.



Full Legal Representation
Brief Advice


Monday: 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


State: New York
County: Monroe
Zipcode: 14614


1 West Main Street, 4th Floor, Suite 400, Rochester, NY