Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the VLP’s offices at 44 Court Street are currently closed to the public. However, we remain committed to providing our clients with the same high level of service that we have delivered for the past 31 years. Our staff is working remotely, our intake lines are open, we are meeting with clients via calls and web conferences and coordinating with our dedicated volunteers. We will continue to work tirelessly to address our clients’ needs during these challenging times and remain a vital legal resource for thousands of Brooklynites.
To help alleviate community concerns, the VLP has compiled the below information – current as of August 23, 2021 – that will continue to be updated on our website as new developments emerge.
On April 8, 2020, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks issued Administrative Order, providing for the expansion of virtual court operations and remote access to additional, nonessential court matters in an effort to allow judges to advance the resolution of pending matters wherever practicable.
Legal matters are handled by remote appearances of judges, attorneys, and most nonjudicial staff, through audiovisual appearances, telephone communications, and digitized exchanges of papers.
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Pandemic EBT for the 2020-2021 School Year is intended to cover the cost of missed school meals during remote learning. All NYC public school students are automatically eligible for this benefit.
Resources for Immigrant Communities: The NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs has compiled a list of resource for Immigrant Communities who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (translations available on their website).
NYC Well: NYC Well is New York City’s free, confidential support, crisis intervention, and information and referral service for anyone seeking mental health support during this difficult time. NYC Well offers talk, text and chat in English, Spanish and Mandarin/Cantonese as well as telephone interpretation in over 200 languages.
If you – or someone you know – have legal questions and would like legal help, please call our intake help line at (718) 624-3894 or by starting an online intake.
If you are a current VLP volunteer who needs guidance from VLP staff on consumer and foreclosure matters or are interested in providing help to new clients during this time, please reach out to VLP’s Director of Legal Services, Sidney Cherubin at (718) 624-3895 or email@example.com.
Not a current VLP volunteer, but want to help out? Please contact VLP’s Pro Bono Director, Anne O’Grady at (718) 473-9202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.