Connecticut Legal Services
1177 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: (203) 348-9216
Fax: (203) 348-2589
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. provides a wide range of legal services to low-income and under-served communities in the state of Connecticut. CLS handles VAWA-related cases (VAWA, U, T, I-751 waivers), primarily on referral from domestic violence programs, and handles work authorization and adjustment of status cases for those clients. CLS also handles workplace U visas, DACA, and Special Immigrant Juvenile cases. Other areas of legal assistance include: Disability, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Housing, and Public Benefits. Services are free to eligible clients who meet income guidelines. Call to determine eligibility and make an appointment.
Connecticut Fair Housing Center
60 Popieluszko Court,
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone:860-247-4400 / 866-247-4401
This statewide non-profit is dedicated to ensuring that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut. The Center provides legal assistance and investigative services to Connecticut residents who believe they may have been the victim of housing discrimination; education and outreach on the fair housing law; strategic planning and advice for cities and towns on fair housing compliance; and foreclosure prevention legal assistance.
Statewide Legal Services
1290 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Toll Free: 1-800-453-3320
Statewide Legal Services operates a general legal hotline that provides free legal advice on a variety of civil law issues, such as housing, including landlord and tenant and foreclosure matters; family problems; consumer issues, including bankruptcy and matters related to public benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), energy assistance, State Supplement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Persons needing legal representation are referred to the appropriate Legal Services office. Statewide Legal Services also provides a wide variety of educational pamphlets on common legal problems relating to housing, family matters, public benefits, and consumer issues.
Stamford Pardons Clinic*
Phone: (203) 399-5914
Eligibility: Fairfield county residents. Three years must have passed since a misdemeanor conviction and five years since a felony conviction. Candidate must have successfully completed court-required programs, parole or probation, have no pending charges and owe no court fees or fines. An attorney will evaluate eligibility factors.
Hours: Call for an appointment 9-5, Monday – Friday. Limited time slots are available each month.
A partnership between CT Legal Services and a Stamford-based law firm providing advice and legal services to low-income individuals seeking pardons of their convictions. Services include assistance with pardon application, advice on what makes a successful application, and hearing preparation.
*Note on fingerprinting: in order to be eligible for pardons, you must have valid fingerprints taken within the last year. See section “Government Agencies” for detail.