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A Big Win for Tenants in San Pablo

Categories: eNewsletter Story, Homepage, Litigation, News
Gavel And Small Model House On Wooden Table
This summer, Alejandra Pérez Orozco of Bay Area Legal Aid’s Contra Costa County housing law team and Hilda Chan, Regional Counsel of Housing Litigation, with co-counsel from the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), achieved a major legal victory for tenants of an apartment building in San Pablo. California’s Tenant Protection Act of 2019 …

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CalFresh for Minors – new resource

Categories: Homepage, News, Resources
Thanks to Youth Justice law clerk Haleigh Cotton for developing this quick reference sheet for unaccompanied youth applying for CalFresh benefits. Please distribute widely to youth clients or peers, and consult the resource list on our main Youth Justice page for additional information and links to our youth self-referral form.   Download the PDF document …

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Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Categories: Announcements, eNewsletter Story, News
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is observed from September 15-October 15 to spotlight and celebrate the lives, lineage, and accomplishments of Hispanic/Latinx/o/ae 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 …

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BayLegal’s Napa County Regional Office Has Moved!

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New Address in Napa Bay Area Legal Aid’s Napa County regional office has moved! We are now located in downtown Napa at: 1250 Main St., Suite 210 Box 18 Napa, CA 94559 Please note that reception and remote service schedules remain as posted previously. For these and other details, please consult  

BayLegal Publishes Our 2021 Annual Report

Categories: Announcements, eNewsletter Story, Executive Director blog, Fundraising, Homepage, News, Publication
Dear Partners In Justice, Thank you for your partnership and support of our critical work with low-income communities throughout the Bay Area toward a more just society for all! The publication today of our 2021 Annual Report stands as a compelling reminder to all of us at BayLegal of what your support means for our …

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Know Your Rights: The McKinney-Vento Act (education rights for youth experiencing homelessness)

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BayLegal’s Youth Justice team has assembled a Know Your Rights document and resource list on the McKinney-Vento Act’s protections for youth experiencing homelessness. Many thanks to the YJ team’s high school interns, who have worked this summer to research and design this resource! Download the PDF here, and check out the main Youth Justice page …

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Know Your Rights resources for Laguna Honda residents and their advocates

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News from our colleagues at the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) about the decertification of Laguna Hospital Hospital, and the rights of  residents: “Due to continued quality of care violations, Laguna Honda has been threatened with loss of its ability to get paid by Medicare and Medi-Cal. Most Laguna Honda residents have their …

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One for Many: Impact Litigation for Direct Service Organizations (July 19th webinar co-presented by Impact Fund and Bay Area Legal Aid)

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ONE FOR MANY: IMPACT LITIGATION FOR DIRECT SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Tues, July 19, 12-1 pm Co-hosted by Impact Fund and Bay Area Legal Aid Presenters: Novella Coleman, Director of Litigation, Bay Area Legal Aid Lindsay Nako, Director of Litigation & Training, Impact Fund In 1996, Congress prohibited Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”) grant recipients from initiating or participating in …

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California Discharges $500 Million in Illegal Court Fees in Response to Litigation, but Lawsuit Against the Courts Will Press On

Categories: Advocacy, Announcements, Homepage, Litigation, News, Other
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, July 1, 2022 PRESS CONTACT Joe Rivano Barros,, 510-798-0730 CALIFORNIA DISCHARGES $500 MILLION IN ILLEGAL COURT FEES IN RESPONSE TO LITIGATION, BUT LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COURTS WILL PRESS ON The Governor agreed on major relief, but ultimately failed to eliminate the needless court fee, known as the “civil assessment,” that …

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Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee approves plan for DMV liens on vehicle registrations for unpaid bridge tolls and late fees

Categories: Attorneys, eNewsletter Story, Homepage, News
On June 8th, Bay Area News Group publications ran a story by Eliyahu Kamisher, detailing the plan by the Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee to authorize DMV liens on vehicle registrations for drivers with unpaid bridge tolls and late fees. BayLegal attorneys Ocean Mottley and Rachel Hoerger, quoted in the story, point out the …

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