The Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s statewide legal aid program, has opened a Colville office to provide free legal assistance in civil matters to low-income people in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.
The office, 132 W. First Ave., will hold an open house at noon Friday. The program’s expansion into rural areas, including offices in Port Angeles, Aberdeen and Longview, and enhancement of locations in Omak, Wenatchee, Yakima, Pasco and Walla Walla, resulted from the Legislature’s $5.27 million funding boost in 2007-2009.
The Washington Supreme Court’s 2003 Civil Legal Needs Study found that more than 80 percent of low-income families in the state facing serious legal problems can’t secure help, a news release from the Northwest Justice Project said.
Low-income people with noncriminal legal problems can call the Northwest Justice Project toll-free to arrange assistance. The number is (888) 201-1014.
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