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Hilda Chan Receives 2021 Legal Aid Association of California Award of Merit

Categories: Attorneys, eNewsletter Story, Homepage, News
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We are pleased to announce that Hilda Chan, a BayLegal Supervising Attorney, received the 2021 Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) Award of Merit in the Legal Services category. Hilda was recognized for her tireless advocacy on behalf of low-income communities in the Bay Area in 2020. Hilda’s work includes direct services, advocacy, and impact …

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City of Alameda Fair Housing Workshop, 4/22/2021

Categories: Announcements, Homepage, News
Please join the Alameda City Attorney’s Office in its First Annual Fair Housing Workshop. This workshop seeks to discuss fair housing issues such as evictions, fair housing law, and Alameda’s Rent Control laws. The panel discussion from 10:30 AM – 12:40 PM on federal and state fair housing will include Bay Legal Housing Supervising Attorney …

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National Spotlight on the Tech Divide in Remote Eviction Proceedings

Categories: Advocacy, Homepage, News
Gavel And Small Model House On Wooden Table
March 30, 2021 Reuters today carries a story by Carey L. Biron which examines some of the impacts of pandemic-related remote court proceedings on low-income litigants, particularly tenants defending against evictions. Unequal resources, vastly different levels of access to computer technology and internet connectivity between landlords and tenants, and inconsistent or inaccessible procedures for filing …

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Executive Director’s Blog, March 2021

Categories: Advocacy, eNewsletter Story, Executive Director blog, Homepage, News
Genevieve Richardson, Executive Director
Dear friends of Bay Area Legal Aid, The lives taken from us over a full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the hugely disproportionate share of trauma and loss that has fallen to low-income families, Black families, Indigenous families, other families of color, and immigrant families—these demand that we enter the second year of the …

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New Resource for Youth Advocates: Ensuring Stability and Success for Youth Tenants in THP-Plus

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Bay Area Legal Aid is pleased to announce the publication of Ensuring Stability And Success For Youth Tenants In THP Plus. Co-authored by advocates from the Youth Law Center and Britt Harwood of BayLegal’s Youth Justice team, this resource is intended to help advocates improve housing stability and ongoing access to supportive services for their …

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BayLegal and Our Legal Aid Colleagues Call for Lawmakers to Establish Safe, Equitable, and Consistent Pandemic Response in California’s Courts

Categories: Advocacy, Homepage, News
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Bay Area Legal Aid has advocated within county superior court systems in our own direct service area, and on a statewide level in support of clear, equitable, and science-supported safeguards against the spread of  Covid-19 in the courts. On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, BayLegal Executive Director Genevieve Richardson joined our legal …

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Happy Lunar New Year & our Solidarity with AAPI Communities

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Dear friends of Bay Area Legal Aid, Today Bay Area Legal Aid celebrates the Lunar New Year along with many of our AAPI communities for whom this holiday is such a significant occasion. We extend our wishes for a safe, happy, and thriving New Year to our colleagues, partners, and the AAPI communities with whom …

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SB 91 Extends State Eviction Protections

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Gavel And Small Model House On Wooden Table
As of February 1st, the new law SB 91 temporarily extends California’s state-wide eviction protections, including protection eviction for nonpayment of rent and preservation of just-cause rights, to all  covered tenants until July 1, 2021. Tenants must still pay at least 25% of their rent during this extended repayment period through June 30, 2021. A …

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A Special Thank You to Our Supporters in the Private Bar

Categories: eNewsletter Story, Fundraising, Homepage, News, Recognition
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During these challenging times, BayLegal’s law firm donors are crucial in allowing us to continue protecting our clients’ fundamental rights to housing, healthcare, safety, and economic stability. We want to especially thank the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation, whose campaign kick-off donation every January provides indispensable momentum for our law firm fundraising. This year …

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CalMatters Highlights BayLegal’s Work to End Unfair Traffic Court Practices

Categories: Advocacy, Homepage, Litigation, News, Other
Person driving car
CalMatters highlighted BayLegal’s work to end traffic court practices that disproportionately affect low-income individuals and Black and Latinx drivers. The latter groups are more likely to be pulled over due to racial profiling. The article describes the work BayLegal did with Western Center and other partner organizations in Hernandez v. CA DMV. In this case, …

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New Resources for Tenants Available on BayLegal Website

Categories: Announcements, Homepage, News, Other, Resources
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New resources for tenants facing eviction are available on Bay Area Legal Aid’s website. The new Self-Help Eviction Unlawful Detainer Answer Packet is designed to help tenants represent themselves in unlawful detainer actions and has been updated according to current state law and Judicial Council policy during the pandemic. The answer packet is part of …

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