FREE Name and Gender Marker Change Legal Clinic, January 26th in San Jose

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Sunday, January 26, 2-6 p.m. at Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center 936 The Alameda, San Jose, CA, 95126 Would you like FREE help completing your documents to change your name and/or gender marker?   Sign up for our legal clinic to get legal support from caring lawyers! Support includes education and help with completing court …

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Spotlight on Advocacy Partnerships: Johnnie & Andrea

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BayLegal client Johnnie B. (center) with attorney Andrea Crider and volunteer paralegal Joe Montanaz at a housewarming party in Johnnie’s new home. 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 …

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Ninth Circuit ruling stands: cities cannot criminalize sleeping outdoors

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A story in yesterday’s Guardian details the refusal by the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Martin v City of Boise. The Martin decision held that laws criminalizing “camping” constituted cruel and unusual punishment on the part of cities that did not provide enough shelter …

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Advocating for safe, habitable public housing in Richmond

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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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Court Rules that California Charter Cities Must Prioritize Surplus Public Land for Affordable Housing Development (Updated)

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MEDIA UPDATE Recent media coverage of this case is listed here, and will be updated regularly. For our press release, please see below. “Court says San Jose can’t make its own rules when it comes to housing,” Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/26/2019 “California Can Force Priority for Low-Cost Housing on Public Land,” Nicholas Iovino, …

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

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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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BayLegal’s Services Recognized Alongside Community Partners at OneJustice Fundraising Event

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Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in OneJustice’s last fundraising event, “Together for Justice,” which raised vital funding for legal aid organizations providing critically needed immigration legal services in Contra Costa County—including Bay Area Legal Aid. The event highlighted the impact of BayLegal’s immigration-related work along with that of two partner organizations—Catholic Charities …

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Housing Rent Increases Over 10% Are Illegal in California Due to State of Emergency

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As of October 27, 2019, it is illegal for landlords to increase housing rent by more than 10% in California, following Governor Newsom’s declaration of a state of emergency due to wildfire conditions. State officials have passed this law in order to prevent landlords from charging higher rental prices to people impacted by California wildfires—a …

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Benefits for CalFresh Recipients Impacted by California Wildfires and Bay Area Power Shut-Offs

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If you are a CalFresh recipient and a victim of a California wildfire, you may be eligible to receive Disaster CalFresh (D-CalFresh) benefits. D-CalFresh benefits are emergency benefits provided over a 30-day period to CalFresh recipients who are victims of natural disasters. D-CalFresh provides these benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which can …

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Announcing BayLegal’s 2019 Giving Campaign

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Announcing BayLegal’s 2019 Giving Campaign   Dear supporter of BayLegal, Every year at this time, I am struck by the depth of commitment of the individuals and communities that stand behind Bay Area Legal Aid. Fall and winter mark the “public” phase of our annual fundraising campaign, and gives me an opportunity to reflect on …

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OneJustice Fundraiser to Benefit Legal Services for Immigrants

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Come Together for Justice October 26th in Lafayette!   Bay Area Legal Aid is honored to be included as a beneficiary of OneJustice’s fall fundraising event, Come Together for Justice. Join us for an afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversations about justice. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier will share details of his recent visits to the …

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Perspectives on Advocacy for Survivors of Domestic Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

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Domestic violence prevention has been a fundamental part of BayLegal’s service model since the organization’s inception in 2000 through the merger of several smaller legal services firms. In BayLegal’s first year, advocates operated a Domestic Violence Legal Clinic that served over 1,000 people. Today, BayLegal operates six Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) Clinics five days …

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