Remote Services Available During the Covid-19 Emergency


 

Changes in Clinics and Other Services

    • In accord with COVID-19 public health guidance, Bay Area Legal Aid is canceling all “in-person” clinics until  at least March 31, 2020. Our attorneys and support staff will work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive legal issue. Our Legal Advice Line (1-800-551-5554) will remain open with additional staffing and resources to help us serve more clients during this period. Please see below for additional information on emergency service and resources related to specific clinics.
      • Housing Clinics
        • See below (in the Resources section, under Housing Legal Issues) for self-help eviction defense resources.
        • The Housing Unit remains staffed and available for telephone counsel and advice through our Tenants Rights Line (for Alameda County residents) at 866-346-3405, or our Legal Advice Line at 800-551-5554 (for residents of all other counties in our service area).
      • Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinics
      • Consumer Law Clinics
        • Although clinics are closed during the time period indicated above, we are still accepting RSVPs for future Consumer Rights Clinics. We will also work to help you outside of clinic if you have a time sensitive consumer issue such as court deadline for a collection case.
  • Closures, changes in schedule, and enhanced telephone/online services at Bay Area courts and government offices:
    • We have set up a clearinghouse page to track announced closures and changes in service schedules and availability among our area’s courts, administrative offices, and public agencies. We will do our best to update this page with the most recent and accurate information, but clients and community members should be sure to check with the relevant court or other agency first before scheduling appointments, canceling appearances, or otherwise modifying their course of action.
    • IF YOU NEED AN EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE ORDER or other legal relief to protect you from domestic or partner violence, please consult our page, Staying Safe During COVID-19: Information for Domestic Violence Survivors.
    • FOR INFORMATION ON HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING IMMIGRATION OFFICES, PROCEDURES, ENFORCEMENT, AND OTHER ISSUES: Consult our page, Immigration Measures in Response to COVID-19.
    • FOR INFORMATION ON HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING PUBLIC BENEFITS ELIGIBILITY, APPLICATION PROCEDURES, AND RELATED ISSUES: Consult our page, Public Benefits During the COVID-19 Emergency.

 


 

Advocacy Updates

BayLegal is working with public agencies and community partners to slow or stop evictions, place a moratorium on non-safety related vehicle tows, pause consumer and government debt collections, and ease access to key sources of emergency assistance.  See our Covid-19 Advocacy Updates page for the latest details.

 


Resources for Clients and Partner Organizations