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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Spotlight on Health

Categories: Client Story
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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
Dory with her attorney, Kristi (left)
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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Reasonable Accommodations for a Little Girl

Categories: Client Story
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The Marquez family* lived in a very noisy public housing complex next to a fire station and a hospital, where ambulances were constantly driving by with sirens blaring. Their youngest daughter, Anna, has a hearing disability and requires a hearing aid; however, because the family’s home was so loud, the little girl had to turn off …

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Spotlight on Safety

Categories: Client Story, Fundraising
Yan (right), seated with her attorney, shares her
advice to other survivors: “Be brave; speak up;
and seek help from organizations like BayLegal.”
Domestic Violence Prevention “I was in a very dark place,” Yan recalled of her first visit to Bay Area Legal Aid. Yan’s abusive ex had not only attacked her, but also hurt her one-year-old child, and her elderly mother. Yan had filed a temporary restraining order, but she was unable to afford an attorney and …

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