Eviction Defense Collaborative

The Eviction Defense Collaborative strives to prevent homelessness, preserve affordable housing and protect the diversity of San Francisco by providing specialized legal assistance, financial help, and education about tenants’ rights to families and individuals facing eviction in San Francisco. Each year we provide emergency legal services and rental assistance to over 5,000 tenants.Since 1996 we have helped virtually every tenant seeking our help filing a response to an eviction lawsuit.

We Believe:
· In equality, respect, and social justice
· That safe, healthy, affordable housing is a human right
· In equal access to the law for all, regardless of any social, economic, racial or physical distinction
· That San Francisco is a better, more dignified city when people from diverse backgrounds, including the disabled, the working poor, minorities, and low income families can afford to make the City their home
· In high quality services that empower clients and staff through open communication and respect for cultural difference
· That all people should have power to know and assert their rights and to make their voices heard

When a tenant is drawn into the legal system by their landlord, the law is supposed to protect them against wrongful evictions. However, because no public defenders exist in civil courts, tenants who cannot afford an attorney struggle to defend their rights in a system that advantages those who can pay for legal council. The Eviction Defense Collaborative works to level the playing field by providing emergency legal assistance to our low-income neighbors. In addition, we provide emergency rental assistance to help tenants struggling to make ends meet in San Francisco. Through these programs we preserve affordable housing, prevent homelessness, and protect San Francisco's diversity so that hard working, low-income tenants can continue to have a place to call home.



(415) 947-0797
Office Hours: 
M-F 9:30AM-11:30AM, 1:00PM-3:00PM Closedevery first Tuesday of the month in the afternoon , and all court holidays.
Legal Help: We assist tenants who have an eviction lawsuit (“Unlawful Detainer”) and live in the city and county of San Francisco. We help tenants prepare responses to the initial lawsuit, we help renters facing Sherrif’s eviction ask for a delay (“Stay”) and we provide advice and limited assistance with other steps in the legal process. We can sometimes assist tenants who live in nearby counties with the initial response (“Answer”) to the lawsuit. Rental Assistance Disbursement Component (RADCo): We make grants and one-time no-interest loans to renters at risk of losing their housing. To qualify for rental assistance EDC staff must approve your application and you must meet the following criteria: · You live in San Francisco. · Your household has sufficient income to pay your future rent and expenses. · You must have lived in your home and paid rent for at least 3 months · You plan to stay in your home for at least six months Note: You do not have to have a three-day notice to qualify for rental assistance. Likewise, you may still be able to get help even if you have already been sued for eviction.
1338 Mission Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco

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