Services

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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.


Economic Advancement

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.

Despite living in a region that has witnessed tremendous economic growth in recent years, low-wage workers struggle to retain living wage jobs and afford housing in their communities. Immigrant workers who lack language skills or legal status are particularly vulnerable to intimidation, discrimination, wage theft, sexual harassment and retaliation from employers. We educate workers about their protections and help them resolve disputes.

Housing

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.

Please call 650-326-6440 if you are facing eviction or rent increase.

IMMIGRATION


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

No one should have to remain in an abusive relationship, or return to one, because they lack legal status. No one should be afraid to report a crime or assist law enforcement because they are afraid they will be deported. Children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents or guardians should have a chance to reunite with family in the United States who can care for and protect them. Our services help survivors apply for immigration relief through specific programs created to help vulnerable immigrants in these special cases.

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.