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COVID-19: PROTECCIONES PARA INQUILINOS

Categories: News
A pesar de lo que los titulares de los noticieros digan, aún NO existe un moratorio estatal que postergue los desalojos para inquilinos. La mejor manera de protegerse es pagar su alquiler/ renta a tiempo si usted puede. Si no puede pagar su renta debido al COVID-19, avísele a su propietario por escrito tan pronto …

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Executive Director’s Blog, March 2020

Categories: eNewsletter Story, Homepage, News
Genevieve Richardson, Executive Director
“History will judge societies and governments and their institutions, not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.”  Cesar Chavez Dear friend of BayLegal, I hope this note finds you and your loved …

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Supporting Protections for Unsheltered People and Homeless Service Providers During the COVID-19 Emergency

Categories: Advocacy, Homepage, News
Updated March 25, 2020 @ 5:05pm Bay Area Legal Aid has joined the ACLU of California and 86 other legal services, civil rights, and homeless services organizations in asking Governor Newsom to clarify that: Executive Order N-33-20’s (the shelter in place order’s) requirement that California residents stay in their homes does not apply to unhoused …

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BayLegal Calls for a Moratorium on Consumer Debt Collection

Categories: Advocacy, Homepage, News, Other
On March 23, 2020, Bay Area Legal Aid and 15 allied legal services and consumer protection organizations submitted a letter to Governor Newsom requesting immediate steps to protect consumers as part of the state’s COVID-19 emergency response. In order to mitigate irreparable harm being done to consumers and communities throughout the state, we have requested …

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Advocating for an Emergency Moratorium on Poverty Tows in California

Categories: Advocacy, Homepage, News
Yesterday Bay Area Legal Aid joined 22 partner organizations in a coalition that has worked to stop “poverty tows” at the local and state level. We wrote to Governor Newsom asking that he issue an Executive Order placing an immediate moratorium on all vehicle tows, other than those necessary for public safety or criminal enforcement, …

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Advocating to Stop Eviction Proceedings and Enforcement Actions in Oakland During the COVID-19 Emergency

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BayLegal attorney Hilda Chan
Baylegal’s advocacy in alameda county In Alameda County, BayLegal has joined with partner organizations in advocating for a halt of at least 3 weeks’ duration in all unlawful detainer (UD) proceedings and eviction enforcements. On March 12, 2020, Bay Area Legal Aid joined our colleagues from the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Centro Legal …

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Updates: Court, Administrative Office, and Public Agency Closures and Modified Schedules to Protect Public Health

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Updated March 26, 2020 @ 9:36am Courts and administrative offices in multiple jurisdictions where BayLegal works and our clients live are closing, modifying schedules, and/or issuing guidances and new public safety rules in order to safeguard public health in light of the COVID-19 emergency. URGENT ALERT: For important information on how to avoid a new …

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BayLegal Urges the Oakland City Council to Request That the Court Stop Eviction Proceedings for at Least Two Weeks

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Bay Area Legal Aid will testify this morning before the Oakland City Council, with partner organizations including the Eviction Defense Collaborative, East Bay Community Law Center, and Centro Legal de la Raza. We stand together to urge that Council request of the court a 2-week stop on eviction proceedings in Oakland, as part of the …

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Major Victory for Affordable Housing: Charter Cities Must Prioritize Surplus Public Land for Affordable Housing Development (Updated)

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UPDATE, 3/12/2020 The CA Supreme Court on 3/11/20 refused to review the court of appeal’s decision in Anderson v. City of San Jose.  The published opinion of the court of appeal will stand, requiring charter cities throughout the state to comply with the Surplus Land Act. “Court ruling means San Jose and other cities must …

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Free Fair Housing Law Training – Join us!

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Bay Area Legal Aid Presents: Fair Housing Law Hot Topics 2020 March 20, 2020, 9:00am – 3:30pm The California Endowment 2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612 This month, learn the principles, procedures, and issues surrounding Fair Housing Law from our housing advocacy partners, Brancart + Brancart, at a free event hosted by Bay Area Legal …

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Executive Director’s blog, February 2020

Categories: 20th Anniversary, eNewsletter Story, Executive Director blog, Homepage, News
Genevieve Richardson, Executive Director
Sixty years ago, on February 1, 1960, four Black students from North Carolina A & T College led a carefully organized peaceful protest at a Woolworth lunch counter. Their courage and actions helped to force the nation to confront the injustice of segregation and helped spark a powerful student-led civil rights movement. The students remained …

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