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SFMTA Changes Debt Towing Policies in Response to Lawsuit, Promising New Protections for Vehicularly Housed San Franciscans (re-posted from LCCRSF)

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SFMTA Changes Debt Towing Policies in Response to Lawsuit, Promising New Protections for Vehicularly Housed San Franciscans Posted: October 6, 2021 by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Shared by BayLegal: October 7, 2021 Media updates: Bay Area CBS affiliate KPIX covered the story October 6, 2021. LCCRSF’s Zal Shroff will …

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Juvenile Court Guardianships in Delinquency Court: A Quick Guide

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This guide, prepared by BayLegal’s Youth Justice team, covers the process of court-appointed guardianships for youth in delinquency court. Topics include how and under whose authority the process can be started, which forms are required and who needs to complete or assist with them, benefits and supports available for youth and guardians, and resources for …

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Know Your Rights! Youth Interactions with Law Enforcement

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BayLegal’s Youth Justice practice has produced a helpful guide to youth interactions with police, ICE, and other law enforcement. It is important that young people know their rights and how to assert and protect them in encounters with law enforcement—especially for black or brown youth, who are more often mistreated by police. The guide includes …

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Crucial information from Tenants Together on evictions after 9/30/2021

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Our colleagues at Tenants Together have put together a Know Your Rights guide for tenants who may be facing eviction following the expiration of the statewide moratorium on September 30th. The flyer includes must-know information, first steps for tenants whose landlord threatens eviction or begins the process, and guides for asserting your rights and accessing …

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California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program Does NOT End September 30th!

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Gavel And Small Model House On Wooden Table
There is important news for California tenants and their advocates in an email yesterday from the CA Department of Housing and Community Development:   Dear HCD Partner,   Please help us set the record straight:   THE CA COVID-19 RENT RELIEF PROGRAM DOES NOT END SEPTEMBER 30!  The Rent Relief Program is going strong! To date, the program has made tremendous …

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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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