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Housing & Homelessness

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles works toward systems change through litigation, policy, and education aimed at increasing and preserving housing. Our team also provides legal services to households facing homelessness, and upholds the civil rights of unhoused individuals.

Stay Housed LA County
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles 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. 

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles seeks to:

In partnership with LA Community Action Network, the Inglewood Public Library, homeless service providers, and other organizations, LAFLA holds off-site clinics where people can seek advice on housing matters.

View the schedule of clinics.

Affordable, Quality Housing

LAFLA focuses on both increasing and preserving affordable, quality housing. We work to help people keep their homes in various ways, including:

  • Fighting illegal harassment by landlords,
  • Challenging unfair termination from programs such as Section 8, and
  • Getting tenants needed repairs made to their homes.

Depending on the case, we may offer legal education, counsel and advice, representation at hearings, or help with negotiations to help our clients solve housing issues.

We also provide transactional assistance and negotiate community benefits agreements for community-based nonprofits that seek to increase and preserve affordable housing as well as support groups focusing on community land trusts, co-operatives or other avenues to achieve this goal. Learn more about our work with nonprofits and other groups.

Preventing Displacement and Homelessness

For Resident and Community Groups

LAFLA aims to secure development without displacement, so that long-term residents can remain in their homes in the face of new development and enjoy community improvements that come with this investment. We work on land-use cases and policies that address the displacement of long-term, low-income residents. (See some examples of our recent work in our Media Center.) We provide legal assistance, education, and representation to residents and community groups working to protect low-income households from threats of displacement caused by habitability, harassment, rising rents, expiring contracts, and other factors. See our educational materials.

For Individuals and Families

LAFLA helps individuals who are facing eviction, including Section 8 tenants and public housing residents who are in danger of losing their Section 8 vouchers or housing. Visit our Eviction Defense page. Through the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative, LAFLA also provides legal services to households at risk of homelessness, as well as homeless individuals and families, in the South Bay/Harbor area and southeast areas of Los Angeles County. Partner organizations through the collaborative (funded by the Measure H sales tax) refer clients to LAFLA, and include:
  • Harbor Interfaith Services
  • PATH Los Angeles
  • The Whole Child
  • Jovenes, Inc.
  • Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
  • Kingdom Causes

Homeless Advocacy

LAFLA has a longstanding commitment to upholding the civil rights of unhoused individuals, from providing direct legal services at a weekly legal clinic in Skid Row to filing groundbreaking lawsuits that challenge municipalities’ unlawful practices. 

In addition, LAFLA providers legal services in collaboration with homeless services providers to unhoused individuals and families to remove barriers to housing and income benefits. You can read more about our advocacy for unhoused people in our Media Center.

Fair Housing/Housing Discrimination

It is illegal to discriminate against someone because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or medical conditions related to them, as well as gender and perception of gender), sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, family status, source of income, medical condition, mental disability, or physical disability.

LAFLA provides assistance to low-income tenants who believe they may have been discriminated against because they fall into one of the categories listed above. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has a number of helpful resources on topics related to prohibited housing practices and other matters, which can be found here.

Clinics

IMPORTANT: Many of our clinics are suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Skid Row General Legal Clinic

Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN)
838 E. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
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Hours:
Wednesday, 6–8 p.m.

Walk-ins available. Register by 6:30 p.m. at front desk.