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Find local resources for your housing issues in your state. You can find legal aid groups to call for help. You can see what rental assistance programs may help you. Or you can use tools to write letters or file court documents to protect yourself.

Last updated on July 9, 2021

Legal Help in California

for assistance with housing, benefits, work, domestic violence, custody, discrimination, and other issues

Tenant Rights Hotline from Tenants Together

http://www.tenantstogether.org/tenant-rights-hotline(888) 495-8020

Serves all local counties and cities

Serves all local counties and cities

Serves all local counties and cities

Law Help California

http://www.lawhelpca.org/

Serves all local counties and cities

California Courts Self-Help Center

http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm

Serves all local counties and cities

East Bay Community Law Center

https://ebclc.org/(510) 548-4040

Serves local areas: Alameda County

Centro Legal de la Raza

https://www.centrolegal.org/510-437-1554

Serves local areas: Alameda County

Eviction Defense Center

https://www.evictiondefensecenteroakland.org/510-452-4541

Serves local areas: Alameda County

Bay Area Legal Aid

https://baylegal.org(800) 551-5554

Serves local areas: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cl...

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California Indian Legal Services, Inc.

http://www.calindian.org(800) 743-8941

Serves local areas: Alpine, Inyo, Mono; Native Americans living in all counties in Califor...

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Legal Services of Northern California, Inc.

https://www.lsnc.net(888)-354-4474

Serves local areas: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake,...

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Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

https://www.cityofberkeley.info/rent/(510) 981-7368

Serves local areas: Berkeley

Berkeley Tenants Union

https://berkeleytenants.org/(520) 982-6696

Serves local areas: Berkeley

Los Angeles Housing + Community Development Department (HCIDLA)

https://hcidla2.lacity.org/866-557-7368

Serves local areas: City of Los Angeles

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

http://www.crla.org(510)-267-0762

Serves local areas: Colusa, Imperial, Kern (northwest portion), Madera, Monterey, San Beni...

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East Palo Alto Fair Rent Coalition

https://www.ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us/rentprogram(415) 845-7447

Serves local areas: East Palo Alto

Central California Legal Services

https://www.centralcallegal.org(800) 675-8001

Serves local areas: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, Tuolumne

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.

https://www.gbla.org(888)-292-4252

Serves local areas: Kern (except northwest portion)

Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA-CAN)

http://www.cangress.org/(213) 228-0024

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

Coalition for Economic Survival (CES)

http://www.cesinaction.org/(213) 252-4411

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

Eviction Defense Network

http://www.evictiondefensenetwork.com/(213) 385-8112

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

United Tenants - Inquilinos Unidos

http://www.inquilinosunidos.org/(213) 483-7497

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

Inner City Law Center (ICLC)

http://www.innercitylaw.org/(213) 891-2880

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

Unión de Vecinos

http://www.uniondevecinos.org/(323) 908-3454

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

http://www.advancingjustice.org/(888) 349-9695

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

http://www.acceaction.org/(888) 964-8086

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

https://lafla.org(800) 399-4529

Serves local areas: Los Angeles (Greater Long Beach & Los Angeles Harbor area, Greater Cit...

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Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

https://www.nlsla.org(800)433-6251

Serves local areas: Los Angeles (San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, Glendal...

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Bet Tzedek

http://www.bettzedek.org/(323) 939-0506

Serves local areas: Los Angeles County

Housing Rights Center

http://www.housingrightscenter.org/(800) 477-5977

Serves local areas: Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, South LA, Harbor, Pasadena, Long Bea...

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Community Legal Aid SoCal

https://www.communitylegalsocal.org(800) 834-5001

Serves local areas: Orange, Los Angeles (some southeast cities)

Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc.

https://www.inlandlegal.org/(888) 245-4257

Serves local areas: Riverside, San Bernardino

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.

https://www.lassd.org(877) 534-2524

Serves local areas: San Diego

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

https://www.sdvlp.org/619-235-5656

Serves local areas: San Diego area

San Francisco Tenants' Union

https://www.sftu.org/(415) 282-6622

Serves local areas: San Francisco

Bar Association of San Francisco's Conflict Intervention Service

https://www.sfbar.org/adr-services/cis/(415) 782-8940

Serves local areas: San Francisco

Eviction Defense Collaborative

http://evictiondefense.org/(415) 947-0797

Serves local areas: San Francisco

Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

http://hrcsf.org/415-703-8644

Serves local areas: San Francisco

Tenderloin Housing Clinic CEOP

415-775-7110 ext. 1702

Serves local areas: San Francisco

South of Market Community Action Network

https://www.somcan.org/760-913-8913

Serves local areas: San Francisco

San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition

http://sfadc.org/home/

Serves local areas: San Francisco

Serves local areas: San Francisco, CA

San Jose Tenants Legal Advice Line

https://www.sanjoseca.gov/home/showdocument?id=49676800-551-5554

Serves local areas: San Jose

San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation

https://slolaf.org/(805) 543-5140

Serves local areas: San Luis Obispo

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

https://www.legalaidsmc.org/650-558-0915

Serves local areas: San Mateo County

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

https://clsepa.org/(650) 326-6440

Serves local areas: San Mateo County, Santa Clara County

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

http://www.lawfoundation.org/(408) 293-4790

Serves local areas: Santa Clara County

Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino

https://legalaidofsb.org/909-889-7328

Tenant-landlord letter-writing tool from Hello Landlord

https://hellolandlord.org/

Serves all of US

Tenant-landlord letter-writing tool from No Rent

https://www.norent.org/en/

Serves all of US


Financial Assistance for Housing in California

for help paying rent, utilities, and other housing-related costs

California 2-1-1

https://www.211ca.org/Call 2-1-1Text your Zip Code to 898-211

Serves all local counties and cities

211 Bay Area

https://www.211bayarea.org/Call 2-1-1

Serves local areas: Bay Area counties

Santa Clara Salvation Army

https://siliconvalley.salvationarmy.org/(408)247-4588

Serves local areas: City of Santa Clara

West Valley Community Services

https://www.wvcommunityservices.org/(408) 255­8033

Serves local areas: Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, San Jose

St. Joseph's Family Center

https://stjosephsgilroy.org/(408) 842­6662

Serves local areas: Gilroy, San Martin

211 Los Angeles

https://www.211la.org/Call 2-1-1

Serves local areas: Greater Los Angeles Area

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos

https://www.csacares.org/(650) 968­0836

Serves local areas: Los Altos, Mountain View

LifeMoves San Jose

https://www.lifemoves.org/get-help/(408)271-1630

Serves local areas: Milpitas, San Jose

Oakland Rental Adjustment Program

https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/rent-adjustment-program(510) 238-3721

Serves local areas: Oakland, California

LifeMoves Opportunity Center

https://www.lifemoves.org/get-help/(650)853-8672

Serves local areas: Palo Alto, Stanford

211 San Diego

https://211sandiego.org/Call 2-1-1

Serves local areas: San Diego area

Sacred Heart Community Services

https://sacredheartcs.org/(408) 278­2160

Serves local areas: San Jose

Homelessness Prevention System

https://destinationhomesv.org/homelessness-prevention/408-926-8885

Serves local areas: San Jose

Santa Clara County Emergency Assistance Network

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oir/Documents/emer-astnce-ntwrk-zipcode-flyr.pdf866-896-3587

Serves local areas: Santa Clara County

Silicon Valley Salvation Army

https://siliconvalley.salvationarmy.org/(408)282-1165

Serves local areas: Silicon Valley

Sunnyvale Community Services

https://svcommunityservices.org/(408) 738­4321

Serves local areas: Sunnyvale

California Covid-19 Rent Relief: Housing is Key

https://housing.ca.gov/covid_rr/833-430-2122

California renters and landlords can get up to 100% of rent and utilities covered.

Serves all local counties and cities

Alameda County Housing Secure Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ACHS-ERAP)

https://www.ac-housingsecure.org/

Serves local areas: Alameda County

Anaheim Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://www.anaheim.net/5532/Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program

Serves local areas: Anaheim

Serves local areas: Chula Vista

Serves local areas: Fremont

Fresno Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://www.fresno.gov/mayor/erap/

Serves local areas: Fresno

Fresno County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://fresnorentalhelp.com/

Serves local areas: Fresno County

Serves local areas: Irvine

Serves local areas: Kern County, Bakersfield

Long Beach Emergency Rental Assistance Program

http://www.longbeach.gov/lbds/hn/emergency-rental-assistance-program/

Serves local areas: Long Beach

City of Los Angeles Emergency Renters Assistance Program

https://hcidla.lacity.org/

Serves local areas: Los Angeles

Merced County Emergency Rental Assistane Program

https://www.cvoc.org/

Serves local areas: Merced County

Monterey County Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program

https://www.unitedwaymcca.org/county-rent-and-utility

Serves local areas: Monterey County

Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance

https://era.211oc.org/

Serves local areas: Orange County

Serves local areas: Placer County

United Lift Rental Assistance Program

https://www.unitedlift.org/

Serves local areas: Riverside County, Moreno Valley

Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance (SERA) Program

https://www.shra.org/sera/

Serves local areas: Sacramento, Sacramento County

Serves local areas: San Bernadino

San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership

https://sbcountycdha.com/

Serves local areas: San Bernadino County

City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program

https://covidassistance.sdhc.org/

Serves local areas: San Diego

Serves local areas: San Diego County

San Francisco’s Local Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://sf.gov/renthelp

Serves local areas: San Francisco

San Joaquin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

https://www.sjgov.org/covid19/grants/

Serves local areas: San Joaquin County

County of Santa Barbara Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance

https://www.unitedwaysb.org/covid19-financial-assistance

Serves local areas: Santa Barbara County

Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System

http://www.preventhomelessness.org/

Serves local areas: San Jose

Serves local areas: Santa Clarita

Solano County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://www.ccyoso.org/solanoerap

Serves local areas: Solano County

Serves local areas: Sonoma County

Stanislaus County and Modesto Emergency Rental Assistance

https://www.stanrentassist.com/

Serves local areas: Stanislaus County, Modesto

Serves local areas: Stockton

All Mission Indian Housing Authority Emeregency Rental Assistance Program

http://www.amiha.org/

Serves local areas: All Mission Indian Housing Authority

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Emergency Rental Assistance

http://www.brb-nsn.gov/

Serves local areas: Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria

Enterprise Rancheria Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://enterpriserancheria.org/departments/housing-authority/

Serves local areas: Enterprise Rancheria Indian Housing Authority

Greenville Rancheria Rental Assistance Program

http://www.greenvillerancheria.com/membership-forms

Serves local areas: Greenville Rancheria

Hoopa Valley Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program

https://www.hoopa-nsn.gov/

Serves local areas: Hoopa Valley Housing Authority

Karuk Tribe Housing Authority COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

https://www.karuk.us/index.php/information/62-announcements/581-covid-19-emergency-rental-assistance-program

Serves local areas: Karuk Tribe Housing Authority (Tdhe Karuk Tribe)

Kashia Band of Pomo Indians COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://www.stewartspoint.org/wp2/housing/

Serves local areas: Kashia Band Of Pomo Indians

Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians Emergency Rental Assistance

https://www.mesagrandeband-nsn.gov/wp-content/uploads/Rent-assistant-letter.pdf

Serves local areas: Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians

North Fork Rancheria Indian Housing Authority Emergency Shelter Program

https://www.northforkrancheria-nsn.gov/iha/housing-programs/

Serves local areas: North Fork Rancheria Indian Housing Authority (NFRIHA)

Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

https://nciha.org/erap-application/

Serves local areas: Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority

Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Rental Assistance Program

https://chukchansitribe.net/rental-assistance-program/

Serves local areas: Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians

Pit River Tribe Emergency Rental and Utilities Assistance

http://pitrivertribe.org/socialservices/

Serves local areas: Pit River Tribe

Quartz Valley Indian Reservation Emergency Rental Assistance Program

http://www.qvir.com/forms.html

Serves local areas: Quartz Valley Indian Reservation

Resighini Rancheria Emergency Rental Assistance Program

http://resighinirancheria.com/2021/03/26/4969/

Serves local areas: Resighini Rancheria

San Pasqual Band Of Mission Indians Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

https://www.sanpasqualbandofmissionindians.org/departments/housing-and-community-development

Serves local areas: San Pasqual Band Of Mission Indians

Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://santarosacahuilla-nsn.gov/component/content/category/2-uncategorised.html

Serves local areas: Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians

Tolowa Dee-Ni' Nation Emergency Rental Assistance Program - COVID-19

https://www.tolowa-nsn.gov/new-rental-assistance-available/

Serves local areas: Tolowa Dee-Ni' Nation

Yurok Indian Housing Emergency Rental Assistance Program

https://www.yurokhousing.com/alert_detail.php

Serves local areas: Yurok Indian Housing Authority

National United Way/211

https://www.unitedway.org/find-your-united-wayCall 2-1-1Text your Zip Code to 898-211

Serves all of US

Find Help/Aunt Bertha services directory

https://findhelp.org

Serves all of US

Catholic Charities services and assistance

https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/find-help/

Serves all of US


Other Services to Help in California

for domestic violence, health coverage, food benefits, mental health, and other issues

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org1-800-273-8255

Serves all of US

National Domestic Violence Hotline

https://www.thehotline.org/1-800-799-7233Text LOVEIS 22-522

Serves all of US

Crisis Text Line for mental health support

https://www.crisistextline.org/Text HOME to 741-741

Serves all of US

CDC + Apple COVID-19 Screening Tool

https://www.apple.com/covid19

Serves all of US

Serves all of US

Medicare & Medicaid Services' Insure Kids Now page

https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/

Serves all of US

USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps)

https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/recipient/eligibility

Serves all of US