We help low-income clients with civil legal issues.

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Freedom from Domestic Violence



Income Support


Teen Parents

Getting Help

In just one year, Legal Aid fought against social injustice by opening 2,309 cases, impacting 6,466 of our low-income neighbors.

 41% were households with children.

41% were households with children.

 34% were households headed by a senior.

34% were households headed by a senior.

 40% were households including a person with a disability.

40% were households including a person with a disability.

 10% were households with a survivor of domestic violence.

10% were households with a survivor of domestic violence.


The Median income in San Mateo County: $93,623

The Median income of Legal Aid clients: $18,846

The fight against social injustice for people living in poverty continues.


DACA Updates

Update April 25, 2018: If you are DACA eligible but never applied for DACA, start checking this website and other reliable news sources.   A federal judge has said he may order USCIS to start accepting new DACA applications in 90 days.  Check with a trustworthy immigration lawyer or Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representative before you apply.  You may be able to apply in 3 months or so, depending on the judge's decision.


Update February 26, 2018: On February 21, 2018, the Supreme Court denied the Trump Administration’s request to review the court order requiring immigration to continue to accept DACA renewal applications.  The court’s decision means that immigration is continuing to accept DACA applications for anyone who has DACA or had DACA on or before Sept 5, 2017, regardless of when their card expired or will expire.  If you had DACA on or before Sept. 5, 2017 and have not yet renewed, you can call 1-650-558-0915 for an appointment.  (February 26, 2018)

Hoy, la Corte Suprema denegó la solicitud de la Administración Trump de revisar la orden judicial que exige que inmigración continúe aceptando las solicitudes de renovación de DACA. La decisión de la corte significa que inmigración continúa aceptando solicitudes de DACA de cualquier persona que tenga DACA o que haya tenido DACA antes del 5 de septiembre de 2017, independientemente de cuándo expiró o vencerá su tarjeta. Si tuvo DACA el 5 de septiembre de 2017 o antes y aún no lo ha renovado, puede llamar al 1-650-558-0915 para programar una cita. (26 Febrero 2018)

Update January 15, 2018: If you have DACA or your DACA card expired, you may be able to renew your card. As of January 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting DACA renewal applications because of a court order. We’re here to help! Please call us at 650-558-0915 for more information.  (January 15, 2018)

Si tiene DACA o su tarjeta de DACA expiró, es posible que pueda renovar su tarjeta. A partir del 13 de enero de 2018, los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) han comenzado nuevamente aceptar solicitudes de renovación de DACA debido a una orden judicial. ¡Estamos aquí para ayudarlo! Llámenos al 650-558-0915 para más información.  (15 Enero 2018)


DACA Again: Springing into Action for Dreamers


Confused about latest changes to health care and tax laws?

Afraid of applying for public benefits because of potential changes to immigration laws? Join San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) and the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County for an informative presentation, offered in English and Spanish, on health coverage programs for all immigrants in California. Tickets are free and there will be a resource fair, free on-site health screenings, children’s activities, refreshments and more! 

January 28, 2018, 11:00 - 4:00 pm
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1425 Bay Road, Redwood City, CA 94063


Disaster Relief Resources

Update 11/17/17: The date to file for Disasater Unemployemnt Assistance (DUA)has been extended to December 18, 2017. Learn more at www.edd.ca.gov.

Update: Informational events about replacing lost and destroyed documents are taking place the weekend of November 10th-11th, in Santa Rosa and Calistoga. Click here for details.
The Immigrant Legal Resources Center (ILRC), with help from National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the Governor’s Office, has prepared a list of disaster-related resources, including D-SNAP food assistance, disaster unemployment Insurance, evacuation centers and shelters, and more.

Letter from Executive Director M. Stacey Hawver: Standing Strong for Our Clients



On September 5, the Trump administration announced the phase-out of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program that shielded young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation. For the past five years, DACA has allowed these young people to work legally, opening new job and internship opportunities, raising their earnings, and protecting them from employers who take advantage of unauthorized workers. 

Letter from Executive Director M. Stacey Hawver: Standing Strong for Our Clients

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