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VA partnership with Bay Area Legal Aid selected for national award

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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has selected the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s partnership with BayLegal as one of its winners for the 2021 VHA National Community Partnership Challenge (CPC). VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Medical Legal Partnership with Bay Legal Aid’s Veteran Legal Project was selected for recognition by the VHA along …

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New video resource for homeowners: Protect Your Home / Protege Su Casa (Eng / Esp)

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BayLegal and our partners at Legal Aid of Sonoma County and the East Bay Community Law Center have produced a video with legal information to help homeowners avoid common issues that can lead to foreclosure. The video is presented in English, with Spanish subtitles available. To view video at full size: Click on the box icon …

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Happy Hispanic / Latinx Heritage Month!

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Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is observed from September 15-October 15 to spotlight and celebrate the lives, lineage, and accomplishments of Hispanic/Latinx peoples.  September 15 commences Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month because these dates encompass many significant events for the Latin countries such as the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15, Mexico on September 16 (no, it’s not Cinco de …

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Joint statement from East Bay legal services providers on the Alameda County eviction moratorium

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Gavel And Small Model House On Wooden Table
With the statewide eviction moratorium due to expire at the end of this month, many tenants have been left wondering what happens next. For those who rent in Alameda County, it is important to remember that the countywide moratorium will continue to protect you from most evictions beyond September 30, 2021. The Alameda County Eviction …

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Consumer Debt Collections, the Pandemic, and the “Return to Normal”: Telling a More In-Depth Story

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An extensively researched, detailed story by Amy DiPierro (published as a collaboration between Stanford University’s Big Local News and the nonprofit Bay City News Foundation) provides critically-needed context and explanation for the steep decline in consumer collections lawsuits during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exceptions to that decline, and the extent to …

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HUD / Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Materials on Fair Housing and Eviction

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As part of the ongoing discussion of eviction moratoria and protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, attention is needed as well to the deep, ongoing disparities in housing access, stability and accommodation faced by Black and indigenous communities, people of color and people with disabilities. In many cases, the strain on housing security created by the …

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CA DMV Reports Lifting 554,997 Improperly Imposed Driver’s License Suspensions

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The CA DMV reported to the CA Court of Appeals that it has lifted 554,997 improperly imposed driver’s license suspensions. This action comes as the result of Hernandez v CA Department of Motor Vehicles, a statewide lawsuit on behalf of several plaintiffs filed by Bay Area Legal Aid, Western Center on Law & Poverty, The ACLU …

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Bay Area Legal Aid stands in solidarity with Black communities against police violence

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Today Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd. This sentence demonstrates that under some circumstances, police can be held accountable for the violence they inflict on Black individuals and Black communities. It is significant for the indication that at least—and at last—such accountability might be possible. …

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Weekly Know Your Rights Legal Information Workshops for San Francisco Residents

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BayLegal’s San Francisco Economic Justice team is conducting free online “Know Your Rights” workshops weekly this month. Topics we will cover range from tenant protections during the pandemic, to traffic court fees and fines, to public benefits and unemployment insurance. A schedule of workshops through April is listed below. Each flyer includes information on how …

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San Francisco Rent Debt Legal Clinic Starts This Friday

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BayLegal’s Consumer Protection unit launches its new telephone legal clinic this Friday, focused on helping San Francisco residents facing consumer debt collections, lawsuits, or credit reporting issues as a result of COVID-19 rental debt. The San Francisco Rent Debt Clinic will be held every fourth Friday of the month beginning this Friday, June 25th. Call …

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BayLegal’s Consumer Unit Begins Monthly Workshops For Individuals Facing Rent Debt

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Calculator With Wooden House And Coins Stack And Pen On Wood Table. Property Investment And House Mortgage Financial Concept
Because of COVID-19, an estimated 165,000 families in the seven Bay Area counties BayLegal serves face nearly $1 billion in rent debt. The end of federal and state eviction moratoria intended to keep families in their homes during the pandemic leaves this astronomical personal debt unresolved. Even where eviction protections remain, many must deal with …

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