Spotlight on Stability

Categories: Client Story, Litigation
Bay Area Legal Aid helped set new legal
precedence, protecting thousands of tenants
who have been illegally evicted and ensuring
future tenant protections.
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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Low-Income Drivers Sue California DMV for Illegally Suspending Licenses

Categories: Litigation, News
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SAN FRANCISCO, October 25, 2016 – A coalition of legal aid and civil rights organizations sued the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this morning for illegally suspending the driver’s licenses of low-income Californians. The suit was brought on behalf of drivers who have had their driver’s licenses suspended in violation of their statutory, due process, …

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Taking Money From Food Stamp Recipients

Categories: Litigation, News
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Food stamp recipients, already on the poverty line, are being pushed further into desperation by California’s aggressive debt collection practices. Today, Bay Area Legal Aid filed suit to force the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to follow the law and stop demanding cash for old debts. “The regulations only allow the state to go …

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Community Brings Lawsuit to Force San Jose to Comply with State Affordable Housing Law

Categories: Litigation, News
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“The City is draining the cultural richness out of San José,” said Cristina Peña Vazquez, staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid. “By handing over one of its most powerful affordable housing tools at a time when we are facing a statewide housing crisis, San José is reducing the supply of affordable housing. The effect …

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