If you need help, you should call our office at 650-326-6440. You may also drop-in between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday at our office at 1861 Bay Road, East Palo Alto.
Learn more about our service areas below.
Clearing Barriers on the Pathway to Success
The Economic Advancement Program (“EAP”) strives to help low-income community members maximize their earning potential and access opportunities for their families by protecting their income from wage theft, scams, or fraud and improving their chances for future employment. EAP prioritizes cases where it is difficult for clients to find or afford legal representation. EAP also prioritizes cases involving immigrant workers and the reentry population, who face barriers due to their criminal records.
- WORKERS’ RIGHTS: WAGE THEFT OR DISCRIMINATION OF LOW-WAGE WORKERS
- RECORD CLEARANCE: REENTERING ADULTS AND JUVENILES
- CONSUMER FRAUD OR IDENTITY THEFT
- ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT ADVOCACY, OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
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We also advocate for policies that help low-income communities including laws that protect people from predatory payday and car title lending.
Where You Live Affects You
Affordable housing is paramount for a healthy community. Without affordable housing, firefighters, police, teachers and other essential service workers leave, and businesses can’t find employees. Traffic worsens as people move farther from their jobs and spend more time commuting. Homelessness and relocation destabilize the home life and schooling of young children, compromising their academic efforts and ultimately keeping them stuck in poverty. Preserving safe and affordable housing is a tool for combating a host of social ills.
For over 15 years, our housing program has been helping tenants stay in their homes with a particular focus on preserving rent-stabilized tenancies. We have helped hundreds of tenants resolve disputes with landlords and defend their rights to safe and habitable housing. Our services also help reduce the hardship of moving and mitigate the effects of an eviction so families can stabilize and recover quickly. We also provide Know-Your-Rights presentations to raise awareness of tenant rights.
To stem the tide of displacement caused by a crisis of unaffordability, we also work closely with community organizers and policy-makers to develop long-term solutions.
- TENANTS FACING EVICTIONS OR RENT INCREASES
- TENANTS LIVING IN UNHEALTHY OR UNSAFE HOMES
- TENANTS EXPERIENCING HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION BY LANDLORDS
- RESCUE HOUSING FUND
- HOUSING ADVOCACY, OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
Some cities, like East Palo Alto and Mountain View, have rent stabilization ordinances that place restrictions on the amount that rent can be raised. East Palo Alto also has a just-cause for eviction ordinance that requires landlords have specific reasons for evicting a tenant. In 2015, East Palo Alto also passed a tenant-protection ordinance, which provides tenants with additional protections and benefits. (Learn more about tenant protections)
Our eviction-defense work focuses on using protections in cities like East Palo Alto and Mountain View to protect rent-stabilized tenancies. For tenants from cities that lack protections, our services focus on ensuring that tenants are treated fairly and that landlords follow the law during the process. We will help tenants negotiate with landlords to obtain the best outcomes for their circumstances.
In most cases, the landlord is responsible for maintaining the habitability of a unit. Our services focus on helping tenants to resolve issues with their housing so that they can live safely.
We understand that people come to the United States for a variety of purposes, and we are committed to helping vulnerable immigrants find a path to legal residency. We help our clients learn about and apply for forms of immigration relief that they may be eligible for. Our services focus on helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes, refugees and asylum seekers, immigrant youth and young adults and immigrants facing deportation in court.
We train and mentor volunteer attorneys who offer their services pro bono to our clients. We also give Know-Your-Rights presentations to raise awareness of immigration services. Furthermore, we engage in local and state advocacy with policymakers, government agencies, social service providers, and law enforcement to protect the rights of immigrant families and youth and ensure that our communities remain safe spaces for families
- HUMANITARIAN RELIEF FOR SURVIVORS
- ASSISTANCE FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS
- IMMIGRANT YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS
- IMMIGRANTS FACING DEPORTATION IN COURT
- IMMIGRATION ADVOCACY, OUTREACH AND EDUCATION
If you are an immigrant survivor of domestic violence or have been a victim of crime and assisted law enforcement, you may be eligible to apply to remain legally in the United States. Abused, abandoned or neglected immigrant children may also be eligible for protection. If any of this might apply to you, please reach out.
If you left your home country because you were persecuted or fear you will be persecuted if you return on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion, contact us to see if you are eligible for help to remain in the U.S. (link to another page with info on how to get help)
Immigrant youth who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents or guardians may be eligible for a program that allows them to reunite with family in the United States. Without help, these minors would continue to suffer abuse or be left to fend for themselves. We help many young immigrants navigate the legal system so they can find a home in the U.S. We also employ a social worker who is available to help connect youth to services to support their success.
The American Immigration Council estimates “more than 16 million people in the United States live with at least one undocumented family member, often a parent, who may be targeted for deportation. More than eight million of these residents are citizens. And the majority of them—almost 6 million—are children under the age of 18.” Our services are essential to helping these children avoid the traumatic and destabilizing effect of losing a family member to deportation.
If you or someone you love is in court deportation proceedings or in detention, you need to speak with an attorney who can explore options and explain necessary steps. Immigration law is complex and everyone’s situation is different. Please reach out to see if we can help.
As community lawyers, we give frequent presentations in the community to help residents learn about their rights and forms of legal immigration relief. Our presentations cover forms of relief such as eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and u-visas. We also train volunteer attorneys and law students who want to learn how to help immigrants. To learn more about upcoming events, or to request a presentation, please call us at (650) 326-6440 or use our contact form to submit a request.