Court Finds Clovis’ “Voodoo Zoning” Does Not Comply With State Law.

Petitioners Desiree Martinez and Maria de Jesus Sanchez, represented by PILP and Central California Legal Services, sued the City of Clovis to force the City’s Housing Element to comply with state law. On April 30, 2021, the Fresno County … Read more

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More Than $10 million Secured for Affordable Housing in San Mateo County

On April 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court declined the Department of Finance’s request to depublish the opinion in Legal Aid Society v. Department of Finance, 59 Cal. App. 5th 166 (2020). The opinion (also linked below) filed on … Read more

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BLACK LIVES MATTER – Action Not Patience

Black Lives Matter. The suffering inflicted by COVID-19 falls disproportionately on black and brown people due to a much more sinister pandemic—the centuries long plague of systemic racism that killed Mr. Rayshard Brooks, Mr. George Floyd, Ms. Breonna Taylor, Mr. … Read more

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PILP’s COVID-19 Response

PILP is continuing to work closely with advocates to protect the rights of low income people and communities across our state.

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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco’s Homeless Residents Continue To Face Uncertainty

Advocates are encouraged by City’s policy changes regarding tents, but questions remain regarding implementation.

San Francisco, CA – The City of San Francisco has purportedly issued new guidance to staff at Public Works, the San Francisco Police Department, and SF … Read more

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PILP Supports Suspension of Rents by California Local Governments

PILP joins advocates across the state to urge California local governments to suspend rent at a time when so many workers are ordered to stay home. On April 7, 2020, PILP joined our colleagues at the Law Foundation of Silicon … Read more

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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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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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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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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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