Programs

What We Do

PILP works to advance racial and economic justice for and with low income communities and communities of color by spearheading major public interest impact litigation and systemic advocacy in affordable housing, homelessness prevention, civil rights, and public benefits.

Our current priorities include work to:

  • Increase and preserve affordable housing
  • Fight displacement
  • Eliminate discriminatory zoning
  • Support unhoused people and communities
  • Prevent homelessness
  • Expand access to public benefits, income support, and supportive services

How We Work

As a statewide legal support center, PILP provides technical assistance, training, research, litigation, and advocacy support to public interest law programs and community based organizations on law and policy issues related to housing, public benefits, anti-displacement, community preservation, and civil rights to advance economic and racial justice across the state.

Our staff can assist your program in the following ways:

Consultation & Advice: We are available by phone or e-mail on a daily basis.

Technical Assistance: We assist with legal and policy analysis.

Training: We train local program attorneys and grassroots advocates in relevant areas of law and litigation.

Co-counsel & Advocacy: We assist local programs with major advocacy efforts, including legislative and administrative advocacy and co-counseling on impact cases in state and federal courts within our areas of specialization.

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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

Learn More

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.

Learn More