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Racial and Economic Justice For Lower Income People and Communities

As seasoned impact litigators, legislative and administrative advocates, and trainers, The Public Interest Law Project (PILP) fights for affordable and fair housing, access to public benefits, homelessness prevention and civil rights for and in partnership with low income communities, communities of color, and legal services organizations throughout California.

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CELEBRATING

27

Years of Advancing
Justice
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Law Student Opportunities

The Public Interest Law Project (PILP) is currently seeking externship applications for the Fall 2023 term.

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February 16, 2024

Black History Month – A Time of Reflection, Celebration, and Reaffirmation

February marks Black History Month, a history we should honor not only this month but every month, because Black history is inseparable from American history. At PILP, we reflect on our past efforts, recommit to our mission and to centering Black voices, communities, and needs in our work to advance racial and economic justice alongside low-income communities and communities of color.

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January 12, 2024

PILP Leads Successful Efforts to Advocate for Termination of San Bernardino Housing Authority’s Crime Free Housing Addendum

PILP, along with colleagues from Inland Counties Legal Services, the National Housing Law Project, and American Civil Liberties Union, Southern California, achieved a significant milestone when the Housing Authority for the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) recently ended the use of its crime-free addendum.

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August 30, 2023

Residents Settle Housing Element Suit With City of San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – The city of San Bernardino will repeal parts of its “Crime-Free Housing Program,” as well as update its Housing Element plan, after settling a lawsuit filed in February by three residents.

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October 11, 2023

Governor Newsom Signs PILP Sponsored Land Use Bills

This year, PILP focused on increasing land opportunities for affordable housing, protecting and advancing approved affordable housing projects from NIMBY challenges, and clarifying important relocation and replacement housing requirements across the state.

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August 15, 2023

PILP is seeking Law Students!

The Public Interest Law Project (PILP) is currently seeking internship applications for the Summer 2024 term.

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April 7, 2023

Victory in Clovis!

VICTORY: July 19, 2023. Cal. Supreme Court denies Clovis's petition for review and depublication, leaving in place first published opinion in the state interpreting the local government requirement to affirmatively further fair housing. On April 7, 2023, the 5th District Court of Appeal issued a momentous opinion upholding our client Desiree Martinez’s claims in Martinez v. Clovis!

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Black History Month – A Time of Reflection, Celebration, and Reaffirmation

February marks Black History Month, a history we should honor not only this month but every month, because Black history is inseparable from American history. At PILP, we reflect on our past efforts, recommit to our mission and to centering Black voices, communities, and needs in our work to advance racial and economic justice alongside low-income communities and communities of color.

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Senate Bill 197 Extends Housing Element Rezoning Deadline for Certain Jurisdictions

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Judge Denies San Luis Obispo’s Motion to Dismiss Case Brought by Unhoused Residents

Federal Judge Cormac J. Carney resoundingly rejected the City of San Luis Obispo’s motion to dismiss, allowing a case brought by unhoused residents and Hope’s Village of SLO to move forward.

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Black History Month – A Time of Reflection, Celebration, and Reaffirmation

February marks Black History Month, a history we should honor not only this month but every month, because Black history is inseparable from American history. At PILP, we reflect on our past efforts, recommit to our mission and to centering Black voices, communities, and needs in our work to advance racial and economic justice alongside low-income communities and communities of color.

Learn More

Senate Bill 197 Extends Housing Element Rezoning Deadline for Certain Jurisdictions

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Judge Denies San Luis Obispo’s Motion to Dismiss Case Brought by Unhoused Residents

Federal Judge Cormac J. Carney resoundingly rejected the City of San Luis Obispo’s motion to dismiss, allowing a case brought by unhoused residents and Hope’s Village of SLO to move forward.

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