Lunar New Year – Celebration, Mourning, and the Need for Change

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Dear friends and colleagues, Sunday, January 22, was the beginning of the Lunar New Year.  Lunar New Year is celebrated in multiple communities across the Asian Diaspora starting on the first day of the first month in the lunar calendar.  While each culture has its own traditions, unifying components include prioritizing time to connect with …

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What we’re reading: BayLegal’s Hilda Chan quoted in article on Chinese immigrant women survivors of domestic violence

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This long-form article by Junyao Yang at The China Project profiles Chinese women who have immigrated to the U.S., their struggles to find safety and support across cultural and language barriers, and the legal and advocacy organizations working to help them access legal systems and support networks. Hilda Chan, BayLegal Regional Counsel for Housing Litigation, …

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New Resource: Benefits and Health Care Rights for Those Impacted by Flooding

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Bay Area Legal Aid has prepared this helpful one-page resource for individuals and families whose health care, health coverage, and/or public benefits might be impacted by flooding or storm-related issues. Download the PDF here. And be sure to check out resources from our partner agencies and organizations, posted on our website here and here.

More resources for Californians affected by winter storms and floods

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Following up on last week’s resource-sharing post, we have compiled some additional links to legal and emergency service help for families affected by this winter’s severe storms. Resources include help for tenants needing repairs, recovery of lost documents, legal assistance hotlines in multiple languages, reporting numbers for flooding and other emergencies, and a number of …

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Observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Bay Area Legal Aid’s offices and phone lines will close Monday, January 16, 2023, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As a reminder of what Dr. King’s work continues to demand of all who struggle for justice, we share this message from BayLegal’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Mynesha Whyte:   On …

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Coverage of BayLegal’s suit against Achievable Solutions Inc. (ASI) for fraudulent debt collection practices

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We are pleased to share this story by Shwanika Narayan in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, providing a closer look at Bay Area Legal Aid’s ongoing lawsuit against debt collector Achievable Solutions, Inc. (ASI). Our suit, filed in 2022 with co-counsel firms Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg and Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser, LLP, alleges that ASI …

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Emergency response and Know Your Rights information from ACCE Action: East Bay Tenants – what to do if your apartment floods

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Thanks to our colleagues at Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action, for the following video Know Your Rights and how-to presentation for East Bay tenants impacted by this month’s severe rain and flooding. @acce_actionStay dry♬ Rain sound (indoor, window opening)(837944) – Yuki Shizuoka Sound

Resource from California Indian Legal Services: Free Housing Legal Services for Urban Native Americans

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California Indian Legal Services, home of the Remote Housing Assistance Program, is providing housing legal services at no cost to Urban Native Americans. You can speak to an attorney using one of our remote workstations, located in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Sacramento. See below for location and office hours when you can drop in and …

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Victory! San Mateo Ends Collection of Illegal Court Fees that Penalize Poverty; Settlement Talks With California’s Statewide Judicial Council Continue

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Bay Area Legal Aid, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, and the law firm of Fenwick & West LLP, are celebrating a significant victory this week in our ongoing litigation against the Judicial Council of California and the San Mateo Superior Court. In …

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Observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Bay Area Legal Aid recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We join with our partner agencies, advocates, survivors and their allies in seeing this month as an opportunity to increase public focus and support for more and better resources to support survivors and their children and families in navigating both short-term needs for safety, …

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New tenant Know Your Rights resource from CA CRD

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The California Civil Rights Department has developed a tenant fact sheet covering the basics of protections for renters in areas including: rent increases evictions repairs and habitability security deposits housing discrimination   Download the fact sheet in English     |    Descarga la ficha técnica en español     |     下载中文简报   한국어로 된 팩트 …

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