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Applying for LAFLA Services

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EMERGENCY HELP: If you are in immediate danger, please dial 911.
EMERGENCY SHELTER: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.
REFERRALS for self-represented litigants.

STAY HOUSED LA COUNTY: LAFLA is proud to serve tenants as part of Stay Housed LA County, a new initiative to connect tenants with resources about their rights and legal assistance. Tenants who need help can visit www.stayhousedla.org or call (888) 694-0040.

Do I Qualify?

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles follows federal poverty guidelines and assists only people with income less than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. However, sometimes people with income over 125% of the federal poverty guidelines can qualify as well. Call LAFLA at 800-399-4529 to see if you are eligible.

At our self-help legal access centers, we can help anyone of any income level. We have four self-help centers: Torrance, Inglewood, Long Beach and Santa Monica. Find the self-help center closest to you.

Cases We Do Not Handle

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles does not handle the following types of cases:

  • Criminal Law
  • Police Misconduct
  • Attorney Misconduct
  • Bankruptcy
  • Car Accidents
  • Small Claims
  • Credit Counseling
  • Probate/Wills

Services

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Linguistically acccessible services for API clients.

Employment

Unpaid wages, unemployment benefits, wrongful terminations, discriminatory employment practices.

EXPUNGEMENT

Clear past criminal convictions.

HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS

Affordable housing, unfair displacement, unhoused rights, housing discrimination.

Medical-Legal Partnerships

Legal services for medical patients.

STUDENT LOAN ISSUES

Student loan default and repayment, for-profit college fraud, etc.

VETERANS JUSTICE CENTER

Benefits, housing, expungments, etc. for Veterans.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / FAMILY LAW

Restraining orders, orders for custody, dissolution, visitation, and support.

Eviction Defense

Wrongful evictions, subsidized housing issues, slum conditions, rent control.

Government Benefits

Benefits to fulfill basic needs (food, shelter, medical care, etc.).

IMMIGRATION

Removal proceedings, naturalization, etc. for survivors of crime.

Nonprofit Assistance

Legal support for community-based organizations.

TORTURE SURVIVORS PROJECT

Asylum, legal relief, case management, etc. for victims of torture.