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Freedom from Domestic Violence



Income Support


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Getting Help

In just one year, Legal Aid fought against social injustice by opening 2,222 cases, impacting 6,254 of our low-income neighbors.

42% were households with children.

42% were households with children.

32% were households headed by a senior.

32% were households headed by a senior.

27% were households including a person with a disability.

27% were households including a person with a disability.

13% were households with a survivor of domestic violence.

13% were households with a survivor of domestic violence.


The Median income in San Mateo County: $98,546

The Median income of Legal Aid clients: $20,220

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


Public Charge Update

Update September 24, 2019: In August, the Department of Homeland Security announced that on October 15th 2019, it will officially change the longstanding “Public Charge” policy that affects people applying for green cards in the U.S. through family members. The public charge policy does NOT apply to immigrants applying for humanitarian relief programs like asylum, U-visas, T-visas, or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. The new rule expands the list of federally funded benefits that count for the public charge test but does NOT include emergency-only Medi-Cal, pregnancy-related Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal for children under 21, or any state funded benefits. Most immigrants who face a public charge test do not qualify for the benefits that count. However, the final rule is having a chilling effect on immigrant families who are disenrolling from benefits even when getting benefits does not affect their immigration options.

Seven lawsuits have been filed to challenge this new public charge policy. LASSMC is a plaintiff in one case. Unless enjoined, the new policy adds the use of federally funded, non-emergency/pregnancy-related Medi-Cal by adults 21 or older, federally funded, CalFresh (food stamps), and federally funded housing programs to the list of benefits considered to determine if an immigrant applying for permanent residence through a family member should be denied as likely to become a “public charge.” A federal district court in Oakland will hear plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction on October 2nd.

For the most current information visit www.thelibreproject.org and make sure to follow us on social media https://www.facebook.com/TheLIBREProject/ to get updates automatically.


DACA Updates

Update August 31, 2018: On Friday August 31 2018, the Texas judge decided NOT to change anything about DACA right now.   Therefore, if you have DACA now or had it in the past, you may be eligible to renew it.  The government is still NOT accepting new DACA applications; if you have NEVER had DACA, you CANNOT apply for DACA now.   

If you have had DACA in the past, we strongly encourage you to get a legal consultation from a qualified service provider and renew your DACA immediately if eligible. Litigation around DACA is still ongoing and the rules may change quickly.


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)


How can you protect your family and yourself from ICE? MAPA

Here are 4 easy steps for you to act on NOW. Download MAPA for easy access!

  1. In case of ICE contact or sightings, call the Rapid Response hotline at 1-203-666-4472.

  2. Know your rights. Keep the red card handy at all times.

  3. Have a plan for you and your family in case someone is detained.

  4. Contact an immigration attorney about your legal options before speaking or signing anything.


2016 Eviction Report

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