Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services

Filed Under: Legal

While criminal cases are not accepted, free legal advice and representation is offered in the following general areas:

  • 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- housing, nursing home issues, Social Security, SSI, elder abuse;

Access to CSLS is through ERLI (Eastern Region Legal Intake). See ERLI listing. If ERLI determines that a referral should be made to CSLS, the assigned attorney will contact the client.

Service hours

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

Requirements & Restrictions

Residency in Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Woburn, or Winchester.
Residency in Cambridge and Somerville for elders.
Income limitations may apply.

Waiting time
Varies by complexity of complaint and staff availability

CASLS has some staff that speak Spanish; language line access and interpreters are available for other languages.


While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information for the agency descriptions and hours of operation, it is recommended to call the agency to verify the information before visiting.

Last updated December 5, 2018


Agency information may have changed due to COVID-19. Please contact individual agencies to double-check their information.