Fighting for Second Chances: BayLegal’s Reentry Unit

Categories: 20th Anniversary, Anniversary Interview Series, Anniversary Timeline, Client Story, eNewsletter Story, News
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“Fear isn’t holding me back as much”   Luke is the father of two boys. One is three years old, the other seven. He works for a subcontracting company in the East Bay, where he spoke to us by phone from the company’s warehouse. “We’re still working during the pandemic,” he explained. “A lot of …

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Spotlight on Advocacy Partnerships: Johnnie & Andrea

Categories: Client Story, Homepage, News
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Johnnie B. finally has a home of his own. It isn’t just another apartment, with a new lease, and a new landlord. It’s his first home after ten years of living without a home altogether. Johnnie has visceral memories of living on the streets. “Life was miserable homeless,” he said. “You stay hungry. You stay …

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Advocating for safe, habitable public housing in Richmond

Categories: Client Story, Homepage, News
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A story posted at Richmond Confidential yesterday by Mariam Zagub shines a light on the often severe barriers to safe, habitable housing that low-income tenants with disabilities can face. The story focuses on BayLegal client Michael Lewis and his attorney Henrissa Bassey, and details Mr. Lewis’ struggles with a lack of disabled access and other …

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“All I Needed to Do Was Tell My Story”: A Survivor’s Perspective

Categories: Client Story, Homepage, News
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Anna works as a full-time medical assistant, and she is a single mother to a three-year-old daughter. She explained with a laugh that those details alone describe her life at present: “There’s no time for anything!” Anna generously took time out of her lunch break to share her experience seeking legal representation for protection against …

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Raising Up Voices Impacted by Investment in Civil Legal Aid

Categories: Client Story, Homepage, News
Alida Pepper giving a speech at a podium
Last month, Executive Director Genevieve Richardson introduced Skyler M. Rosellini, Staff Attorney with our Health Consumer Center (HCC) and his inspiring client, Álida Pepper, to an audience gathered to recognize the importance of investment in civil legal aid—and the need for more. The event was hosted by the American Bar Association at their annual meeting …

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Fighting to Preserve Housing in Richmond

Categories: Client Story, Homepage, News
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An August 26th story on Univisión 14 features a Richmond tenant and BayLegal client, Susana, who is facing eviction from one of three storage units that were illegally constructed by the landlord and subsequently red-tagged by the City of Richmond. Susana, along with the other tenants of these units, came to BayLegal through our Richmond …

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Lawsuit Results in a Fair Chance for Job Seekers

Categories: Announcements, Client Story, Homepage, News
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West Contra Costa Unified School District settles hiring case, gives a fair chance to job applicants with prior convictions   May 8, 2019 (Richmond, California) – Bay Area Legal Aid and the Impact Fund have together reached a landmark settlement with West Contra Costa Unified School District, on behalf of clients The Safe Return Project …

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BayLegal represents San Francisco teen client fighting eviction from his late grandmother’s apartment

Categories: Client Story, Homepage, News
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A story in the March 7, 2019 SF Chronicle by Kimberly Veklerov presents the case of Terrance Hall. Mr. Hall, 18 years old and working to complete his senior year in high school, is fighting an attempt by The John Stewart Company to remove him from the public housing unit he shared with his grandmother …

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Working to Bring Eboni Route Home for the Holidays

Categories: Client Story, Homepage, News
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A story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle by Kimberly Veklerov details the challenges faced by Eboni Route in fighting an improper lockout by the Oakland Housing Authority. Represented by her BayLegal attorneys Rebekah Evenson and Emma Dinkelspiel, Eboni was in court and at her OHA housing site today, hoping the agency would abide by a …

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Spotlight on Stability

Categories: Client Story, Litigation
Homelessness Prevention One evening in the fall of 2013, the Nativi family found themselves locked out of their home and all their belongings thrown into the yard. They had been renting a converted garage unit for several years when the property became the subject of a foreclosure sale. The Nativi’s had known nothing of the foreclosure sale in advance and had ten …

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Spotlight on Health

Categories: Client Story
Health Consumer Center Mark, 34, was eager to get back on track with his life and career. Seven years’ sober and looking forward to starting a family, Mark approached a local dental provider about fixing his teeth. The dentist recommended dentures, and extracted all 26 of his teeth in one sitting. He was in extreme …

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Spotlight on Safety

Categories: Client Story
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Elder Abuse Prevention Dory is known throughout her tight-knit community for her many acts of kindness and generosity, like balancing checkbooks for her neighbors and opening her home to her recently-divorced daughter. After moving in, Dory’s daughter invited her own adult daughter and grandchildren to live in the house, causing Dory to often be confined …

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