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Advocating for Low-Income Latinx Consumers Against Aggressive Collection Practices

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An August 2nd investigative story by Raheem Hosseini in The Guardian puts a spotlight on the scale and depth of debt burden facing low-income primarily Latinx consumers in California through the practices of a single company. Oportun Inc emerges in the investigation as “one of the most litigious debt collectors in California,” with its high-interest …

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Bay Area Families Continue to Face Eviction Threat During the Pandemic

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This August 3rd KPIX story by Susie Steimle profiles one family’s struggle with eviction, and the housing insecurity still facing many low-income Bay Area families during the COVID-19 pandemic. BayLegal attorney Jia Min Cheng is quoted, reminding tenants to seek legal advice before moving out. Throughout the pandemic, BayLegal has worked to advocate in regional …

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Highlighting BayLegal’s Senior Legal Services in Napa County

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Free legal services for seniors were a longstanding core component of practice for Legal Aid of Napa Valley, and a tradition that BayLegal is proud to have sustained following the 2015 agreement that made LANV part of our firm. Our attorneys partner with community organizations throughout the county to provide outreach, legal clinics, and individual …

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Home Improvement Scam ALERT

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Downloadable about scams involving solar panel installation and other home improvements
Homeowners are being targeted by solar installation and other home improvement scams. Please consult the flyer below to know the warning signs, and to get help if you have been targeted. (Right-click on the flyer if you would like to download and print it). PACE Homeowner Flyer BilingualEnglishSpanish

As COVID-19 Disrupts Higher Education, Students Find Themselves Trapped in Long Term Leases

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Louis Hansen’s story in the July 26th San Jose Mercury News, “Bay Area college students trapped in pre-coronavirus leases,” helps to illuminate how the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Bay Area’s overheated rental markets are creating housing insecurity for students whose lives have already been deeply changed by the ongoing public health emergency. …

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Housing Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors: Webinar Series Starts Today — Registration Is Still Open!

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Bay Area Legal Aid in partnership with the Latina Coalition’s ELLA Program presents a webinar series: / Bay Area Legal Aid en colaboración con el programa “ELLA” de la Coalición Latina de Silicon Valley presenta una serie de seminarios web: Housing Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors / Derechos de Vivienda para Sobrevivantes de Violencia Doméstica …

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Align SFMTA Tow Policy with Economic and Racial Justice

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BayLegal, along with 26 other organizations and individuals, has submitted a letter to the Director and Board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) advocating for the end of poverty tows in San Francisco, and for a tow and impound policy aligned with economic and racial justice. “Poverty tows” for unpaid tickets, in the …

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The New Republic Covers Barriers to Equal Justice and the Importance of Legal Aid—Including BayLegal

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An in-depth, long-form article appearing online at The New Republic offers compelling reading for anyone interested in the history, current issues, and future development of civil legal aid. We’re proud to highlight the participation of BayLegal attorneys Steven Weiss and Raegan Joern, and client Kevin Green*, along with the range of other legal aid organizations …

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Spotlight on Extended Foster Care in California

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We are pleased to share with BayLegal friends and partners an extensive, four-part series on the state of extended foster care in California, “Fostering Adults: The State of Care,” published in The Chronicle of Social Change by Karen de Sá, Sara Tiano, and Katarina Sayally. The series presents a closely detailed, critical examination of the …

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Updates on BayLegal’s Advocacy with the Judicial Council of California

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The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, BayLegal has worked with the Judicial Council to advocate for the needs of low-income litigants and for overall public safety within the legal system, supporting the statewide suspension of eviction proceedings along with court closures and changes to procedures to …

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Statement in Solidarity and Commitment to Racial Justice—Black Lives Matter

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Statement in Solidarity and Commitment to Racial Justice—Black Lives Matter Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) joins the Black community in grieving the losses of Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, George Floyd, and Tony McDade, who were recently murdered by law enforcement; Ahmaud Arbery, who was callously murdered by white supremacists aided by a state …

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Fair Housing Law Hot Topics 2020: A Free Training for Fair Housing Attorneys and Advocates

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Fair Housing Law Hot Topics 2020: A Free Training for Fair Housing Attorneys and Advocates June 23, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Presented by Chris Brancart (Broadcast Live via ZOOM) Training will cover: Principles of Fair Housing Litigation Common Fair Housing Issues (Disability, Source of Income, Subsidized Housing, Criminal Records and Barriers to Housing …

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