Office Address & Phone Numbers
The Natalie Lanam Justice Center
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores
330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123 Redwood City, CA 94065
Ph: (650) 558-0915 l Fax: (650) 517-8973
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Closed 12 - 1:00 pm for lunch
M. Stacey Hawver, Stanford Law School 1987
Registered as 501(c)(3) organization in the state of California
25, including 12 attorneys and staff
To help disadvantaged people improve their lives through equal access to justice.
Who Qualifies to Receive Assistance from Legal Aid?
Legal Aid provides free civil legal services that help overcome legal barriers to life's basics. Our clients are vulnerable children, disadvantaged families, frail seniors, domestic violence survivors and persons with disabilities who reside in San Mateo County. Last year we opened more than 2,000 cases, impacting over 6,200 people, and our clients had a median income of less than $19,000. Please contact us at 650-558-0915 for more information.
What Services Does Legal Aid Provide?
Our core services include:
• Help for Domestic Violence Survivors
• Help with Accessing Health Care
• Help for Tenants
• Help with Public Benefits
• Help with Accessing Special Education Services
Our Mission Statement
To fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty.
Our Vision Statement
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County's vision is for every person to have the basic necessities of life, including safe affordable housing, access to health care, economic security, secure immigration status, an appropriate education and freedom from violence and abuse.
We strive to empower people to overcome the causes and effects of poverty so they can participate in their community with dignity and respect.
We seek to remove barriers related to poverty, disability, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation and immigration status through community education, legal representation, systemic advocacy and collaboration with community partners.
In 1959, a group of lawyers and community leaders recognized an unmet need to help the less fortunate in San Mateo County meet their legal needs so they could access life's basics. Thanks to these visionaries the Legal Aid Society was born. One of the first cases involved a Spanish-speaking maid was not allowed to retrieve her belongings when she resigned. The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County successfully defended her and the client was able to recover her possessions.
Since then, the Legal Aid Society has grown to become one of the most respected public interest law firms in California. A vital voice to marginalized populations of San Mateo County, the organization and individual staff attorneys have received numerous awards for excellence in providing legal services.
Today our work covers five main areas of urgent client need: accessing income support programs, bridging the education gap, fighting for freedom from domestic violence, obtaining health care and preventing homelessness.
- Accessing Income Support Programs
- Bridging the Education Gap
- Fighting for Freedom from Domestic Violence
- Obtaining Health Care
- Preventing Homelessness
- Clients' Rights Advocate Program
- CRISP Collaborative
- Domestic Violence Collaborative
- Health Consumer Center
- HomeSavers Project
- Kids in Crisis Program
- Linking Immigrants to Benefits, Resources & Education (LIBRE)
- Peninsula Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
- Safety Net Services
- Senior Advocates Program
- Teen Parents Project
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