In coordination with Transition Projects Inc. (TPI)  and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, Metropolitan Public Defender Veteran’s Project provides high-quality legal services to help eligible veterans overcome legal barriers to securing and retaining stable and permanent housing. By taking a holistic approach to representation, we seek to reduce legal barriers and obstacles to housing.

Legal Service Program Areas:

  • Landlord-Tenant Advocacy and Representation
    • Eviction Defense
    • Tenant Pre-Trial Dispute Negotiation
    • Reasonable Accommodation Requests
    • Expungement/Vacating of Prior Evictions
    • Negotiation of Security Deposit Disputes
  • Expungement Criminal Record (Sealing of an Oregon Conviction)
  • Felony Reduction
  • Driver’s License Restoration
  • Relief from Sex Offender Registration
  • Sex Offender Reclassification of Risk Level
  • Fine/Fee Reduction
  • Restitution Negotiation
  • Name/Gender Marker Changes
  • Discharge Upgrades
  • ID Restoration
  • Family Law Issues (generally by referral and use of SSVF General Housing Stability Assistance funds)
  • VA/SSA Disability Disputes (generally by referral to specialist attorneys on contingency basis)
  • Outstanding Warrants
  • Debt & Bankruptcy Advice or referral
  • Restraining Order and Stalking Order Advocacy

Other Services Provided by SSVF Case Managers:

  • Assistance with housing search
  • Assistance with employment search
  • Assistance in finding transportation
  • Connection with local support services

If you are a veteran and need help, or if you know a veteran who needs help, please contact Transition Projects by clicking here; or call, either 211 or 855-425-5544 for a screening; or visit the Bud Clark Commons at 665 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, Oregon 97209, Phone: 503-280-4700.

Our assistance is generally limited to those who have been screened into the SSVF program. If you would like to speak with us, please call 503-225-9100 and ask for the Veteran’s Project; or visit us at 630 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204.

Please contact The Metropolitan Public Defender directly by filling out this short form through our website.