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Spotlight on Extended Foster Care in California

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Seven young people lounge against a wall smiling
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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Three raised fists next to the words Black Lives Matter
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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Q&A: Economic Impact Payments, Unemployment, and Outreach to Unhoused Bay Area Residents

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The San Francisco Chronicle last week published this useful Q&A on public benefits and emergency relief linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business columnist Kathleen Pender reached out to several Bay Area organizations serving public benefits recipients and unhoused people for answers on Economic Impact Payments, unemployment, and related topics. BayLegal Regional Managing Attorney for SSI …

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Court of Appeal Ruling Could Invalidate Thousands of Driver’s License Suspensions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2020 Media Contact: Taylor Brady, Bay Area Legal Aid, Tbrady@baylegal.org, (510) 250-5234   ***PRESS RELEASE***  Court of Appeal Ruling Could Invalidate Thousands of Driver’s License Suspensions SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA —The California Court of Appeal ruled that the Department of Motor Vehicles cannot suspend the licenses of drivers who fail to …

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Updates on CARES Act Stimulus Payments: Fraud Alert and Information on Direct Payments

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Fraud Alert The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) informs the public that there have been reports of nursing homes and assisted living facilities requiring residents to sign over their Economic Impact Payments. According to the FTC: [T]hose economic impact payments are considered tax credits and tax credits don’t count as “resources” for federal benefits programs like …

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Preventing Homelessness Among Former Foster Youth: BayLegal and Allied Organizations Present Guidelines for Counties

Categories: Advocacy, News
Seven young people lounge against a wall smiling
Bay Area Legal Aid, together with the Youth Law Center and John Burton Advocates for Youth, has developed guidelines for counties to mitigate the increased risk of homelessness and housing instability among youth who exited foster care after age 18. Youth who are facing exit from the Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) during the current public …

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BayLegal Launches New Resource Page for Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Seven young people lounge against a wall smiling
BayLegal’s Youth Justice unit is working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to continue providing legal advice and representation to youth and caregivers. As part of this work, our team has launched a new web page, Resources for Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic. We encourage young people and caregivers with questions about legal rights relating to distance …

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URGENT News About Economic Impact Payments: May 5th Deadline to Claim Dependent Child Payments This Year

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May 5 is the final day for SSI recipients who did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return to claim their dependent children on the IRS non-filers’ web tool in order to receive the additional $500 per qualifying child this year. Those who do not file by 5/5 can still claim the $500 economic …

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Executive Director’s Blog, April 2020

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Genevieve Richardson, Executive Director
Dear Friends of BayLegal, Welcome to the April issue of our 2020 Storytelling Project, in which we reconnect with our history to show how our advocacy in the present day has continued our mission to break the cycles of family and community poverty. The Covid-19 public health crisis further exposes the institutional structures in our …

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