Need help with the court system, housing, government programs or other legal issues? Learn about advocates that can help with a range of issues.

Court Information Program for Immigrants
14340 – 57 Avenue Surrey, BC
Tel: 604-760-5727 (Lali Pawa)
Helps immigrants and refugees access the courts by easing language and cultural barriers. Gives information and referrals to immigrants and refugees appearing in court. This includes the accused, victims, witnesses, or parties involved in a civil suit. Service in Surrey available in English, Hindi or Punjabi.

MPA Society Court Services Program
14340 57th Ave Surrey BC V3X 1B2
Tel: 604-572-2405
Provides help to people experiencing mental illness before, during, or after court proceedings. Also while clients are in and out of custody. Assists with legal aid, choice of lawyer, information on health, housing, and financial assistance. Available Mon to Fri 8:30-4:30pm.

SOURCES Newton Resource Centre
#102-13771 72A Ave Surrey BC V3W 9C6
Tel: 604-596-2311
Wide range of supports, information and advocacy for income assistance, disability, housing and federal income assistance programs.  Also can help if you are being evicted (must have received notice) or with more immediate housing crisis. Offers community voicemail, pro bono access & free income tax service. Housing resources also available including lists of low cost rentals, phone for housing search as well as computers. Can help with loans to help with rent from the SOURCES Rent bank. Also offer more specific advocacy programs outlined below, plus others:
Disability Advocacy Program
This program provides information, referral, and advocacy with applying for, or appealing disability benefits through the Ministry of Social Development. Some help for medical and dental benefits, allowances, and other disability related benefits.
Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Program
Wide range of supports, information and advocacy. Help in dealing with income assistance, housing and federal programs like CPP.
Homeless Prevention Program
This program provides information, support, and advocacy for homeless individuals. Help available at the Newton Resource Centre and partner sites: The Front Room, Surrey Women’s Centre, Salvation Army Gateway of Hope, and Elizabeth Fry Society.
Poverty Law Program
Provides reliable poverty law services in English & Punjabi. Helps with fair access to income support programs and services through information, support and one-on-one advocacy. Help with income assistance and disability issues, tenant rights and mediation with landlords, EI and CPP issues and federal income related programs.

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