Affordable housing

Oakland Housing Authority

When available, Oakland Housing Authority offers rent subsidies to clients who qualify through a variety of different programs. Potential residents are encouraged to apply for housing that meets the needs of their household when pre-applications are being accepted. Generally, applicants are selected through a lottery process and placed on Waiting Lists until housing is available for specific units based on family composition.

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Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

HERA is a California statewide, not-for-profit legal service and advocacy organization dedicated to helping Californians — particularly those most vulnerable — build a safe, sound financial future, free of discrimination and economic abuses, in all aspects of household financial concerns.

We provide free legal services, consumer workshops, training for professionals and community organizing support, create innovative solutions and engage in policy work locally, statewide and nationally.

Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino

The Legal Aid Society advocates educating, organizing, and empowering tenants to exercise their human right to affordable and safe housing, with an emphasis on foreclosure prevention. 

U.D.(Eviction) Answers Clinic* 

  • Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino
  • 588 W. Sixth Street, San Bernardino CA 92410
  • Every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at 9:00am
  • NO U.D’s on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of the month

*call to confirm eligibility

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Public Law Center (PLC)

Through volunteers and staff, PLC provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices.

PLC works to preserve and create affordable housing in Orange County, prevent homelessness, and assist tenants who are being unfairly evicted or who are subjected to sub-standard living conditions. PLC can assist with:

Public Counsel

Public Counsel provides a wide variety of legal services to low-income individuals, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Public Counsel's Homelessness Prevention Law Project: eviction defense team provides assistance through direct representation at the Stanley Mosk and Pasadena Courthouses; prepare self-represented tenants through their clinics to assist them in defending their right to stay in their home and prevent them from becoming homeless.

Public Counsel's Consumer Law Project: protects consumers from unlawful debt collection and consumer fraud. 

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)

Neighborhood Legal Services believes access to safe, affordable housing is essential to the health of individuals, families, and communities.
The organization works to preserve affordable housing and rent control, prevent unlawful evictions and foreclosures, and fight discrimination in Section 8 and other government-subsidized housing. Attorneys provide a range of services, from advice and counsel to individual representation and high-impact litigation.
Services are available to qualifying residents of all LA County.

Legal Services of Northern California - Auburn

Since 1956, Legal Services of Northern California has provided quality legal services that empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty. LSNC’s service priorities include the preservation of housing; health care; enhancing economic stability; support for families, family safety, and stability; civil rights; education; and serving populations with special vulnerabilities.

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ECHO Housing

ECHO Housing services include

1) Tenant/Landlord Counseling Program

  • provides information to tenants and landlords on their housing rights and responsibilities

2) Rental Assistance Program

  • assists residents living in Livermore and Pleasanton with move-in costs or delinquent rent due to a temporary financial setback

3) Fair Housing Program

Help build power for renters' rights: