Court Rules that California Charter Cities Must Prioritize Surplus Public Land for Affordable Housing Development

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Oakland, CA – On November 26, 2019, California’s Sixth Appellate District Court of Appeal issued a decision in Anderson v. City of San José—a case that has profound implications for the affordable housing crisis throughout … Read more

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San José Must Follow State Affordable Housing Law

California’s Sixth Appellate District Court of Appeal rules that California charter cities must prioritize surplus public land for affordable housing development. Learn More Here.… Read more

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Riverside County Now Providing General Assistance to Over 4,000 Individuals in Deep Poverty

Changes to county policy means thousands in Riverside County, particularly adults experiencing homelessness, can now access vital cash benefits

Riverside, CA — A settlement has been reached with Riverside County in Isabel Bojorquez, et al. v. County of Riverside, et … Read more

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Riverside County GA Program

Riverside County is now providing General Assistance to over 4,000 individuals in deep poverty, up from 100 in 2018. Changes to County’s policy means thousands in Riverside County, particularly adults experiencing homelessness, can now access vital cash benefits. Learn More Read more

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We’re Hiring an Administrative Director!

At an absolutely critical time for lower income people and communities, we have an exciting opening for an Administrative Director.… Read more

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Summer 2020 Law Clerk Opportunities

We are looking for law clerks for the Summer 2020 term.… Read more

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Smith v. City of Oakland


On August 28, 2019, DRA and PILP filed a class action lawsuit alleging that people with disabilities are discriminatorily excluded from Oakland’s rent stabilization program. People with mobility disabilities who need accessible housing are uniquely barred from the protections that

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Smith v. City of Oakland

Oakland renters who need to live in accessible units are either shut out of the City’s rent control protections entirely, or forced to live in inaccessible units. Please contact DRA if you are in either situation, we want to hear Read more

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Smith v. City of Oakland-Press Release

People with Disabilities Charge That Oakland’s Rent Stabilization Program Excludes Them and Must Be Fixed Notwithstanding Costa-Hawkins

August 28, 2019 – Oakland, CA – A class action lawsuit was filed today alleging that people with disabilities are discriminatorily excluded from … Read more

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Preliminary Injunction Protects the Rights of Homeless Individuals in Santa Rosa

On July 12, 2019, the Northern District of California entered a stipulated preliminary injunction in Vannucci v. County of Sonoma, Case No. 3:18-cv-01955-VC, a civil rights lawsuit brought in spring of 2018 by homeless individuals and the advocacy organization … Read more

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