To provide legal and advocacy services, training,
education, and related activities to persons with
disabilities and to organizations
representing their interests, with an emphasis on
those most vulnerable and needy.
The Community Health Law Project (CHLP) is a
nonprofit advocacy and legal services organization
dedicated to serving the needs of low-income people
with disabilities in New Jersey.
Founded in 1976, CHLP has represented over 70,000
individuals on a wide range of civil matters. Its
staff of over 65 operates out of regional offices in
Bloomfield, Elizabeth, Trenton, Eatontown, and
Collingswood; satellite offices in Jersey City, Toms River, Mt. Holly, and
Absecon; and an administration office in
South Orange. Through negotiation, litigation, and
advocacy, CHLP removes discrimination, protects
rights, and preserves independence and quality of
CHLP’s Areas of Expertise:
Public entitlements (Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability benefits, county and municipal welfare, emergency assistance, food stamps);
Medicaid, Medicare and other health insurance benefits, as well as fee-for-service and managed health care disputes;
Housing advocacy (habitability and landlord-tenant issues);
Consumer law (debt collection, bankruptcy, contracts);
Family law (child support, visitation, domestic violence);
Discrimination (housing, employment, education, and public accommodations);
Advance directives and living wills;
Outreach and support for the frail elderly;
Systems coordination (information, linkage and referral);
Training, counseling, and technical assistance.
Eligibility for Service:
Disability. CHLP assists individuals with mental health, developmental, physical, and visual disabilities; people living with HIV/AIDS and their families; and organizations that serve people with disabilities.
Residence. CHLP assists people who live “in the community.” Eligibility for services varies by county of residence as determined by CHLP’s funding sources.
Income. CHLP represents low-income individuals who are unable to afford the services of private attorneys. Counseling, referral, and additional program services are available to others according to the terms of CHLP’s service contracts and grants.
2000-2003 - Community Health Law Project - South Orange
- NJ 07079 USA Phone: (973) 275-1175 | FAX (973) 275-5210
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