Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County Neighborhood Legal Services is a steadfast advocate for individuals, families and communities throughout Los Angeles County. Neighborhood Legal Services works to combat the effects of poverty and create lasting improvements in the lives of individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County.

Each year NLSLA provides free assistance to more than 80,000 individuals and families through innovative projects that expand access to justice and address the most critical needs of Los Angeles’ poverty communities. Founded in 1965 as part of the nation’s War on Poverty, NLSLA is now one of the largest and most prominent public interest law offices in California. NLSLA attorneys, based in offices, courthouses and clinics throughout Los Angeles County, specialize in areas of the law that disproportionately impact the poor, including housing, public benefits, healthcare, immigration, family law, and workers’ rights. Through a combination of direct representation, policy advocacy and impact litigation, NLSLA attorneys work to reduce the effects of poverty in Los Angeles’ low-income communities, support the development of opportunities for individuals and families to move themselves out of poverty, and protect and enforce the legal rights of poor people by ensuring access to our justice system.

Mission: Neighborhood Legal Services is a steadfast advocate for individuals, families and communities throughout Los Angeles County. Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity and justice in Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods.

“The communities we serve are already suffering the worst consequences of this pandemic, with rates of serious illness a...
02/10/2021
Legal Aid Organizations File Lawsuit to Challenge In-Person Hearings at Los Angeles Superior Court, Citing Spiraling COVID-19 Crisis - NLSLA

“The communities we serve are already suffering the worst consequences of this pandemic, with rates of serious illness and death several times higher than those in whiter, wealthier neighborhoods. The Los Angeles Superior Court, as the guardian of justice, should be trying to mitigate these inequalities, not exacerbate them.” Trinidad Ocampo, NLSLA Supervising Attorney

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2021 Media Contact: Rekha Radhakrishnan, 832-628-2312, [email protected] Hundreds of infections and three staff member deaths shed light on troubling conditions in largest trial court system […]

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02/09/2021

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“I never imagined that I would be required to go back to traffic court to handle my clients’ minor infraction matters when I still cannot hug my sister, meet my cousin born last May, or even get a haircut to look presentable in court.”

Today, as Los Angeles reels from over one million COVID-19 infections in the county, attorneys at Public Counsel, Inner City Law Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek - The House of Justice, and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County are filing a lawsuit to stop the Los Angeles Superior Courts from requiring in-person appearances for non-essential civil matters. In 33 declarations attached to the complaint, Plaintiffs’ staff attorneys describe handling traffic and unlawful detainer matters in crowded courtrooms in which it’s impossible to maintain current public health guidelines.

Hundreds of infections and three staff member deaths shed light on troubling conditions at the LA Superior Court.

Tune back here at 11am to hear directly from the attorneys behind the case.
#CovidCourtCrisis

02/09/2021
Lawsuit Challenging In-Person Hearings at LA Superior Court Citing Unsafe Conditions

As L.A. reels from over one million COVID-19 infections in the county, attorneys at Public Counsel, Inner City Law Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek - The House of Justice, and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County have filed a lawsuit to stop the Los Angeles Superior Courts from requiring in-person appearances for non-essential civil matters.

Low-income individuals and families have long-struggled to have secure, affordable housing. Now, with the loss of jobs, ...
02/09/2021
Pandemic’s Toll on Housing: Falling Behind, Doubling Up

Low-income individuals and families have long-struggled to have secure, affordable housing. Now, with the loss of jobs, debt and late fees are piling up for these families, who are not sure how they will pay after the eviction moratorium ends, putting them at-risk of homelessness.

Eviction moratoriums don’t keep arrears from piling up, and aid to renters may not reach the most vulnerable.

The Latinx community is dying from COVID-19 at almost triple the rate of white people in Los Angeles. Yet, only 100 vacc...
02/08/2021
L.A. community clinic in hard-hit Latino neighborhood only gets 100 vaccines for its 12,000 patients

The Latinx community is dying from COVID-19 at almost triple the rate of white people in Los Angeles. Yet, only 100 vaccine doses were distributed to Clínica Monseñor Romero in Boyle Heights, which serves 12,000 patients, most of whom are Latinx. Accessibility to our most vulnerable communities is a matter of race equity and justice.

After weeks of waiting, Clínica Monseñor Romero received a shipment of Moderna vaccines from the L.A. County Department of Public Health last month — 100 shots for the clinic’s 12,000 patients.

“If you walk into eviction or traffic courtrooms, you are not seeing wealthy or middle-income people. It’s poor people w...
02/05/2021
Workers in L.A.’s courts are dying of COVID-19 as in-person hearings, trials continue

“If you walk into eviction or traffic courtrooms, you are not seeing wealthy or middle-income people. It’s poor people who have to go in and adjudicate their cases in person.” -Adam Murray, Executive Director of Inner City Law Center

Litigants have the option of virtual hearings for $15-$23 dollars. However, low-income people that either cannot afford the fee or do not have internet access are forced to appear in person.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court system is still holding in-person hearings despite the recent deaths of three court employees from COVID-19.

As attorneys for low-income communities, legal aid advocates have a responsibility to explicitly address the ways in whi...
02/04/2021

As attorneys for low-income communities, legal aid advocates have a responsibility to explicitly address the ways in which systemic racism impacts access to justice. Join NLSLA and leaders from other legal aid organizations tonight for a discussion on how we navigate this work. https://nlsla.org/event/rj/

Our lawyers are here to help you through the process of filing for unemployment insurance benefits. Call (800) 433-6251 ...
02/04/2021

Our lawyers are here to help you through the process of filing for unemployment insurance benefits. Call (800) 433-6251 or apply for assistance online: https://nlsla.org/services/help/

Tackling inequity by focusing on poverty is not the same as working to dismantle systemic racism. Join us on Thursday fo...
02/03/2021

Tackling inequity by focusing on poverty is not the same as working to dismantle systemic racism. Join us on Thursday for a discussion on how legal aid organizations can—and should—explicitly address the impact of race on opportunity and justice. https://nlsla.org/event/rj/

Los Angeles has become the epicenter of the pandemic. Poor communities like Pacoima are suffering from COVID-19 at five ...
02/02/2021
In Los Angeles, the Virus Is Pummeling Those Who Can Least Afford to Fall Ill

Los Angeles has become the epicenter of the pandemic. Poor communities like Pacoima are suffering from COVID-19 at five times the rate of whiter, wealthier areas like Santa Monica and Brentwood. We must address race inequality and support essential workers and low-income Angelenos.

Los Angeles County is one of the worst Covid-19 hotspots in the country. See how hard Angelenos have been hit, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Legal aid organizations have a responsibility to explicitly incorporate racial equity into every aspect of their work. H...
01/27/2021

Legal aid organizations have a responsibility to explicitly incorporate racial equity into every aspect of their work. Hear directly from legal aid leaders on what this entails on February 4th. https://nlsla.org/event/rj/

Overcrowding is preventing low-income families from having safe methods of quarantining when they are exposed to COVID-1...
01/25/2021
‘We Are Forced to Live in These Conditions’: In Los Angeles, Virus Ravages Overcrowded Homes

Overcrowding is preventing low-income families from having safe methods of quarantining when they are exposed to COVID-19, causing it to spread rapidly and disproportionately among people living in poverty.

Perhaps nowhere else in America can the unequal toll of the virus be felt more dramatically. Suburban sprawl and freeways demarcate the neighborhoods of the haves and the have-nots.

Economic and racial justice must be addressed together. Join NLSLA President and CEO, Yvonne Mariajimenez, as she modera...
01/22/2021

Economic and racial justice must be addressed together. Join NLSLA President and CEO, Yvonne Mariajimenez, as she moderates a conversation with a panel of experts about the intersection of racial justice and legal aid on February 4th. https://nlsla.org/event/rj/

Public safety power shutoffs are impacting thousands of people and causing many to lose valuable resources like food and...
01/22/2021

Public safety power shutoffs are impacting thousands of people and causing many to lose valuable resources like food and medication. Call us for help at 800-870-0732 if you need help.

Do you need a will, power of attorney, or healthcare directive? NLSLA is offering a free Estate Planning Clinic for Wool...
01/19/2021

Do you need a will, power of attorney, or healthcare directive? NLSLA is offering a free Estate Planning Clinic for Woolsey Fire survivors in Agoura Hills on January 23, 2021. Call 800-870-0732 to sign-up. Space is limited.

Martin Luther King Jr. fought for racial and economic justice throughout his life. More than 50 years after his death, t...
01/18/2021

Martin Luther King Jr. fought for racial and economic justice throughout his life. More than 50 years after his death, the number of Black people experiencing systemic racism in housing, healthcare, and the criminal justice system continues to grow. We are committed to creating a future where true equity exists. #MLKDay

Roland, a 76-year-old man with disabilities, was unable to complete a construction project after he was diagnosed with c...
01/15/2021

Roland, a 76-year-old man with disabilities, was unable to complete a construction project after he was diagnosed with cancer. The bonding company sued him, and because he was unable to afford a lawyer, he lost the case. Drowning in debt and fighting cancer, he turned to NLSLA for help. With the help of our pro bono attorneys, we were able to have his debt forgiven. Roland is now able to focus on his health. #IFightForJustice

Homelessness in LA County is projected to triple this year and will impact our neighbors hardest hit by the economic dow...
01/13/2021
COVID-19 job losses will worsen L.A. homelessness by 2023, new report says

Homelessness in LA County is projected to triple this year and will impact our neighbors hardest hit by the economic downturn as a result of the pandemic.

“We peel back layers of risk,” said Dan Flaming, President of the Economic Roundtable. “Who are those people? Young, less educated, doesn’t help if you’re an African American or a woman."

Massive job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will leave tens of thousands of low-wage workers without homes over the next three years, a report published Tuesday by a Los Angeles-based research group forecasts.

We are grateful for the support of the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Because of their generosity, we have the resources to e...
01/08/2021

We are grateful for the support of the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Because of their generosity, we have the resources to ensure access to life-saving health care and benefits, housing, and justice for low-income Angelenos. #NLSLAHeroes

Irina, a Russian citizen, is a mother of two young children. Her husband, a U.S. citizen, physically, verbally, and emot...
01/06/2021

Irina, a Russian citizen, is a mother of two young children. Her husband, a U.S. citizen, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused her and her daughter. Without options for financial independence, they often lived in shelters or on the streets to escape his abuse.

Our attorneys worked with her to obtain permanent legal residency, and Irina and her children are now in a safe, stable home with financial security. Please donate to help Irina and women like her. #IFightForSurvivors https://nlsla.org/get-involved/donate/

NLSLA is proud of Sahar Durali, Associate Director of Litigation & Policy, for her exemplary service as the Co-Chair of ...
01/06/2021

NLSLA is proud of Sahar Durali, Associate Director of Litigation & Policy, for her exemplary service as the Co-Chair of the California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board which just released their annual report.

Durali noted, “2020 has shown us that the work of the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board is more critical than ever before."
https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/ripa/ripa-quick-facts-2021-01.pdf

Thank you to Papa & Barkley for their generous donations of wellness products to our clients who have survived domestic ...
01/04/2021

Thank you to Papa & Barkley for their generous donations of wellness products to our clients who have survived domestic violence. Your holiday gifts put a smile on the faces of our clients. #IFightForJustice https://nlsla.org/get-involved/donate/

New Year’s is a day that should be filled with hope. Yet for so many families this year, it is a day that marks the end ...
01/02/2021

New Year’s is a day that should be filled with hope. Yet for so many families this year, it is a day that marks the end of the temporary measures that have protected them from eviction. We are fighting to prevent these families from facing homelessness, but we need your help, and time is running out. https://nlsla.org/get-involved/donate/

We are grateful to Warner Bros. Pictures, for their generous donation of toys, books, and clothes to children in need. W...
12/30/2020

We are grateful to Warner Bros. Pictures, for their generous donation of toys, books, and clothes to children in need. We distributed their bounty to appreciative families at three drive thru holiday events. Thank you for making the holidays merrier for so many low-income families. #IFightForMyCommunity

Los Angeles County is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because of its high rate of poverty and density. Supporting ou...
12/29/2020
L.A. was uniquely vulnerable to this COVID catastrophe. Here is what went wrong

Los Angeles County is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 because of its high rate of poverty and density. Supporting our work, providing free legal help to our most vulnerable neighbors, is more critical than ever.

L.A. was far more vulnerable to an extreme crisis from the coronavirus than nearly anywhere else in the nation.

Happy Kwanzaa! All of us at NLSLA are wishing you and your family a wonderful celebration.
12/26/2020

Happy Kwanzaa! All of us at NLSLA are wishing you and your family a wonderful celebration.

Merry Christmas from your NLSLA family! We are wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday.
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas from your NLSLA family! We are wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday.

As the holidays approach, many of us are giving gifts to our loved ones. Yet for low-income families, every cent they ha...
12/25/2020

As the holidays approach, many of us are giving gifts to our loved ones. Yet for low-income families, every cent they have is going towards basic necessities like food & rent. We need your help to support LA families and help lift them out of poverty. https://nlsla.org/get-involved/donate/

Congratulations Secretary Alex Padilla on your appointment to the U. S. Senate representing all Californians! We are so ...
12/24/2020

Congratulations Secretary Alex Padilla on your appointment to the U. S. Senate representing all Californians! We are so very proud. We are grateful for your commitment to justice and equity, and know you will bring this dedication and passion to Washington, D.C. as our Senator.

Many parents are struggling to pay for rent and food, let alone holiday gifts for their children. Thanks to the generous...
12/23/2020

Many parents are struggling to pay for rent and food, let alone holiday gifts for their children. Thanks to the generous support of our staff, Board, and community partners, we were able to distribute toys, books, and clothing to our clients in need.

To continue supporting our clients, please make a donation. #IFightForMyCommunity
https://nlsla.org/get-involved/donate/

As the holidays approach, we long for the closeness to loved ones that usually marks this season. As you search for mean...
12/22/2020
Donate - NLSLA

As the holidays approach, we long for the closeness to loved ones that usually marks this season. As you search for meaningful ways to celebrate, please consider making a donation to NLSLA to help us fight for health, housing, equality and justice for people whose lives have been pushed to the breaking point this year: https://nlsla.org/get-involved/donate/

Your contribution will help an NLSLA client get the housing, health care and other vital services they deserve. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles County!

We are proud to partner with Strength United to provide comprehensive resources for survivors who have experienced inter...
12/21/2020

We are proud to partner with Strength United to provide comprehensive resources for survivors who have experienced interpersonal violence and trauma. Thank you for your commitment to ending violence and supporting survivors and their families. #NLSLAHeroes

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Well I came here to see if they could help me out but they could. She was a really nice person but how can they help people. When show the government is working I guess with the investors. This is why is so many homeless people out there. Well not me and I don’t used drugs. Hope someone they help me out.
Well I came to this place because my landlord did a eviction with a address where I didn’t leave. Well my landlord won’t and I didn’t know how if I show up to court explain that I didn’t leave there show them documents that the proof that I didn’t leave there. Well he couldn’t kick me out because the sheriff ask me for a bill. He did a second one in a different court. But I didn’t know why my landlord didn’t want talk to the judge my surprise because he open a 3 one. Well I didn’t know that people can file two eviction at the same time. Well he won’t the 3 one because I didn’t show up. How can I show up when I’m thinking it was the second one and my landlord dismissed.
Join us on Tuesday, March 19th for a FREE forum on the growing YIMBY movement. While NIMBY (an acronym for the phrase “Not in My Backyard”) has become a common position, rising housing costs have spurred a new grassroots YIMBY movement, whose members favor development, density, and accessibility. YIMBY activist Sonja Trauss, housing advocate and Abode Communities president Robin Hughes, and moderator Dana Cuff of UCLA cityLAB discuss the intersection of class and economic issues surrounding urban development. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum! https://www.facebook.com/events/404577653612023/
Join us on Sunday, March 3rd for a FREE forum about gerrymandering in North Carolina. Gerrymandering has a long history in the United States, but within the last decade North Carolina has become the face of some of the most egregious practices in the country. Congressional and state legislative districts throughout the state have empowered one party while crippling the other. Representative Pricey Harrison of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Saumya Narechania, director of census and community engagement at National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and moderator Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, discuss the complicated and controversial practice. 2PM at the Hammer Museum. https://www.facebook.com/events/2229750340640235/
Join us on Thursday, January 31st for a FREE forum on Voting Rights and Wrongs. The 2018 midterm elections revealed egregious voter suppression tactics and mismanagement of polling places but also slate of new reforms that eliminate barriers to voting for many Americans. Kathay Feng, California Common Cause executive director; Franita Tolson, USC Gould School of Law professor; Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School professor; and Michael Morley, Florida State University law professor, discuss the future of voting rights and election laws with moderator Rick Hasen, UC Irvine political science and law professor. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum!
Join us on Thursday, January 17th for a forum recapping the 2018 Midterms. For the first time in ten years, the Democrats are in control of the House of Representatives. November 2018’s midterm elections featured significant historical firsts, close and contested races, and “waves” of many different colors. Pod Save America cohost Jon Favreau and Kandist Mallett, politics editor at Blavity, break down the short- and long-term implications of November’s election. Moderated by Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media. 7:30PM at the Hammer Museum! https://www.facebook.com/events/2182682021986315/
Hi - some of us are being evicted, no-cause, on Aug 1. EDN told us to go to the Shriver office once we get our unlawful detainers (fun). I don't see your address. Can you tell me, is it in that Mosk courthouse? PS - new owners are Taylor Equities, Serial Landlords, rated worst landlords in the city by Curbed LA.
I want to thank the Glendale office for all of their help in getting my expungements and a fresh new start for a my life! For the first time in a very long time I can become a contributing member for my family and community! I never thought this would ever be possible. You guys are a God send......God bless you and thank you!