Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services
60 Gore Street, Suite 203
Cambridge, MA 02141
Telephone: 617-603-2700 (CASLS) or 617-603-1700 (LARC) - Fax: 617-494-8222 (CASLS) or 617-371-1188 (LARC)
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While criminal cases are not accepted, free legal advice and representation is offered in the following general areas:

  • Housing – eviction defense and homelessness;
  • Employment – unemployment claims, wage and hour issues, and working conditions;
  • Discrimination in training programs or employment;
  • Family law – primarily issues of domestic violence;
  • Immigration ;– asylum, undocumented battered women and minors
  • Health & Disability – Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Disability, other public health insurance programs;
  • Elder issues including housing, nursing home issues, Social Security, SSI, elder abuse;
  • Asian Outreach Unit offers services to Asians who do not speak English.

Access to CSLS is through LARC (Legal Advocacy and Resource Center). See LARC listing. If LARC determines that a referral should be made to CSLS, the assigned attorney will contact the client.

In terms of the listed services above, the Cambridge office only handles Housing - eviction defense; denial of public housing or Section 8; termination of Section 8; Benefits - denial or termination of federal disability benefits; denial or termination of state benefits including EAEDC, SNAP (food stamps), TAFDC, MassHealth, EA shelter Elder Issues (same as above) for Cambridge and Somerville only.

The amount of time it takes to get a response to a complaint may be long and depends on the complexity of the complaint and staff availability.

Service hours:

M - F: 9am - 5pm. No walk-ins are accepted.

Requirements / Restrictions:

Residency in Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Woburn, or Winchester.

Income limitations may apply.

Waiting time:

Varies by complexity of complaint and staff availability

Other locations:

GBLS Main Office: 197 Friend St., Boston, MA 02114


Accessible by public transportation. Telephone first and intake worker will provide directions.

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