Assistance from Bay Area Legal aid.
Lawyers and the staff from Bay Area Legal work with low income and working poor families in the region. They provide services across several counties, including San Francisco, Alameda, and Santa Clara. Clients that meet low income conditions or that are seniors may be able to qualify for free advice or representation for their civil issues.
A wide range of issues can be addressed by the non-profit firm. For example, the disabled may get help in applying for SSI, families can receive assistance in preventiing evictions, there are advisers that focus on consumer debts, and more. Some of the main clients are veterans, the elderly, and very low income in the Bay Area.
Mortgage and debt challenges, as well as other financial matters, are handled by the Consumer Law Group. Staff ensure that clients are being treated properly by their creditors or lenders, offer help with predatory lenders, and similar issues.
Low income individuals can receive support in dealing with debt collection lawsuits, incorrect credit reports, or even receive suggestions on when or how to file bankruptcy. Homeowners can qualify for foreclosure prevention from Bay Area Legal, and they can even now assist students with consolidating their college loans. With the cost of living so high in San Francisco and northern California, many consumers need help in dealing with their unpaid debts.
The Economic Justice Project is what can help low income and those facing poverty access benefits. Staff from Bay Area Legal will help clients obtain federal and state aid, such as disability, Cal Fresh, and similar resources. They can even help address more local issues, such as housing in the city of Oakland or maybe help families in Santa Clara County get the aid they need.
Staff from the non-profit partner with local and state government agencies to help people with limited resources get the government support they are entitled too. For example, attorneys can help individuals appeal wrongful denials or unlawful terminations of financial aid. People can get assistance with obtaining In-Home Supportive Services, Supplemental Security Income, General Assistance, unemployment, Food Stamps, and similar aid. They also help with county programs, such as San Francisco’s programs known as PAES or SSIP.
Medical issues can be addressed. Get free advice on both enrolling in and obtaining services from public and private health insurance programs. This can range from Medicare for the elderly to Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal. They also help provide County Medical Indigent Programs as well as deal with hospitals and debt collectors from the facilities.
Housing Preservation will protect homeowners from foreclosure and renters from illegal evictions, including preventing homelessness after foreclosure. They also deal with substandard housing conditions in San Francisco, Oakland and other cities as well as deal with wrongful denials of housing subsidies. They will also will contest, or even sue if needed, landlord who discriminate on age, race, or other factors.
Free legal support may be available for income qualified tenants and homeowners. BayLegal wants those families with a lower income to have access to safe and affordable housing, and also prevent homelessness.
Staff can work with tenants on eviction defense strategies. Or receive assistance in applying for public, subsidized government housing, even including section 8. The pro-bono firm will also challenge any discrimination issues that may be occurring in the local markets, including San Mateo, San Francisco and other counties. If you are facing eviction due to unpaid utility bills, then some options may be available as well.
Victims of Domestic Violence can get support from BayLegal as the firm works with survivors from all walks of life. Services from the Family Law Unit were designed to empower individuals, including women, with the information and options they need to build safe, stable lives and importantly stop the abuse.
The programs available to clients will give them free legal assistance in obtaining divorces, restraining orders, support orders, visitation, and safe custody. They also work with the state and government agencies on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) enforcement act and can issue Temporary Restraining Orders when needed.
Youth are also a focus of BayLegal, and they offer the guidance, holistic supports, information, and legal representation to the disadvantaged. They also work with community-based religious leaders. Some of what is coordinated is as follows, and the lawyers and their staff want the younger generation to get off on the proper path.
Learn how to gain access to health care and coverage. There may be applications for SSI - Supplemental Security Income for youth with a disability or mental illness. Other focuses include preventing homeless of children and teenagers, ensuring they have access to education, and assisting those in the Foster Care System.
Locations of centers
- Alameda County, 1735 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, Telephone: (510) 663-4744
- Contra Costa, the office is at 1025 Macdonald Avenue Richmond, CA 94801, call (510) 250-5270 or (925) 219-3325
- Marin County legal office is at 30 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, California 94903. Dial the Legal Assistance Line for an appointment (415) 479-8224.
- San Francisco, residents can stop by 1035 Market Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 354-6360
- San Mateo County BayLegal office is at 1048 El Camino Real, Suite A, Redwood City, CA 94063, main telephone (650) 472-2666
- Santa Clara - 2 West Santa Clara Street, 8th Floor, San Jose, California 95113, telephone (408) 850-7066