Community Advocacy

 

Our Community Advocacy program helps low-income individuals with a variety of legal problems by connecting them with trained, non-lawyer advocates who work under an attorney’s supervision.

We deal most often with issues like:

  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Unpaid wages and employment issues
  • Government benefits
  • Driver’s relicensing (see below)
  • Criminal record expungement
  • Consumer protection

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Click here to learn more about how the loss of a driver’s license can affect individuals and damage whole families.

 

Driver Re-Licensing

keyscolorThe Center for Justice hosts driver re-licensing assessment sessions every other Thursday night.  Below are the basic instructions for the Center for Justice Re-licensing program.  Click here to download a printable copy.

1) Call the Center for Justice at 509-835-5211 and ask for an appointment to the assessment class that is usually held every other Thursday evening at 5 p.m.

2) Bring these 6 items to the assessment.

a. A valid state issued Photo ID.

b. Copy of Defendant Case History which can be obtained from the Public Safety Building at 1100 W. Mallon at the Cashier’s window – must be a full page showing all the fine amounts owed. There is no fee for that document.

c. A copy of a complete driving abstract which costs $13.00 at the Dept of Licensing. (Do not bring abstract from the court clerk’s office it does not have enough information.)

d. Two quotes for insurance or proof of insurance

e. Proof of income

f. A money order $145.00 (money orders ONLY). Please do not fill out until after you are assessed and approved for the program.

In order to be assessed for the Center For Justice Relicensing program you will need to have made an appointment for the assessment night and bring all the above listed items to the assessment. There will be a Rules of the Road and Budgeting class the following Thursday after your assessment that is held from 9am to 12pm at the Center For Justice conference room. The Rules/Budgeting class is a mandatory class required by the courts.

The Center for Justice is in the Community Building, Third Floor, 35 W. Main Avenue on the corner of Browne & Main, a block south of the new Spokane Convention Center.

Assistance for Women

The Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor offers two informative Web sites managed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). These Web sites offer information and resources for working women and their families, and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The first is the official benefits website of the U.S. Government, connects citizens from all walks of life to government benefit and assistance programs that meet their specific needs. This one-stop source provides citizens with the ability to complete a free and confidential questionnaire that will match their individual needs to more than 1,000 Federal and State assistance programs, including disaster relief, employment services, education, housing, small-business loans, Medicare and more. Using this free and confidential questionnaire, visitors can quickly receive a customized list of benefits that they may be eligible to receive.

The second site is managed by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and is a collaborative effort among 22 Federal agency partners. Its mission is to offer access to information on disability-related programs, services and initiatives that cross multiple jurisdictions, and to connect people with disabilities to the resources they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.

Fair Housing Issues

The Northwest Fair Housing Alliance website offers a good array of information regarding the rights of homeowners and tenants. The Alliance, like the Center, is housed in the Community Building at 35 W. Main Avenue, at Suite 250 and can be contacted by phone at (509) 325-2665.

Disclaimer

While we would like to help everyone, our resources are limited. If you qualify for Community Advocacy, an advocate will work with you to establish a plan for resolving your problem. Administrative fees typically apply. The Center can only help as many people as we have current resources and staffing to allow. Thus, please be advised that there may be periods during the year where we cannot schedule new intakes. These periods are usually short-lived.