Why Support Us?

Your support will help us work toward our goal of all Californians having the housing, income, supportive services, food security, and health care they need to live with dignity.

In 2022, we continued to attack systems and policies that have unjustly denied our clients government benefits, housing, and security. Among other things, we:

  • Successfully opposed a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. The Court’s denial of cert left in place a first of its kind appellate court decision upholding COVID eviction moratoria against a Contract Clause challenge. Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles (2020) 10 F.4th 905, cert. den. (2022) 142 S.Ct. 1699 (Mem);
  • Continued to fight for the civil rights of unhoused persons in San Luis Obispo and Santa Rosa;
  • Enforced state laws regarding timely processing of Cal Fresh benefits – resulting in the County of Los Angeles’s increase in processing rates of expedited applications from 70% to 94.5%;
  • Filed an enforcement action against Orange County regarding its policy and practice of denying general relief to U Visa, T Visa, and other non-citizens eligible to receive GR but awaiting authorization for a social security number;
  • Drafted and co-sponsored Assembly Bill 2339 (Bloom), strengthening housing element site identification requirements related to emergency shelters and requiring “no net loss” to apply to sites rezoned to accommodate carryover obligations;
  • Continued to train attorneys and advocates, issue educational materials and newsletters, and coordinate statewide advocates calls in inclusive development and public benefits practice areas.
  • Engaged in housing element advocacy in over 25 jurisdictions across the state with our legal services partners, including:
  • Successfully advocating to ensure Kern County’s compliance with its Housing Element obligations, including rezoning almost 200 acres to permit high density housing, with a significant number in high opportunity areas; and

  • Ensuring the complete implementation of Fresno County's Housing Element programs as previously ordered by the Fresno County Superior County in Communidades Unidas Por Un Cambio v. Fresno County.