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Contact Local Housing Advocacy Organizations

Date Posted: August 31st, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
Last Updated: July 17th, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Local Organizations Providing Assistance to Tenants

Causa Justa :: Just Cause

3022 International Blvd., Suite 210 (office) & Suite 205 (clinic), Oakland, CA 94601

Telephone: 510-763-5877

Website: https://cjjc.org

Email: info@cjjc.org

A nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants for safe, decent, and affordable housing.

Centro Legal de la Raza

3022 International Blvd., Suite 410, Oakland, CA 94601

Drop in Clinic: Every 2nd Thursday, 9 – 11 am, Eastmont Library

Drop in Clinic: Every 3rd Thursday, 10 am – 12 noon, West Oakland Library

Telephone: 510-437-1554

Website: https://centrolegal.org

Email: info@centrolegal.org

Centro Legal de la Raza is a legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of low-income, immigrant, and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy. By combining quality legal services with know-your-rights education and youth development, Centro Legal ensures access to justice for thousands of individuals throughout Northern and Central California.

East Bay Community Law Center

1950 University Ave., Ste 200, Berkeley, CA 94703

2921 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703 (between Ashby and Russell St)

Telephone: 510-548-4040

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Website: https://ebclc.org

Email: info@ebclc.org

Counseling and assistance in filing legal paperwork (for low-income tenants only). FREE community workshops for (low-income) tenants who have disputes with their property owners.

Eviction Defense Center

350 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 703, Oakland, CA 94612

Telephone: 510-452-4541

Hotline: 510-693-2775 (Accepts TEXT messages & After Hours

Hours: Mon/Tues/Thurs 9:00am-5:00pm & Wed/Fri 9:00am-4:00pm; Closed 12:00pm-2:00pm Daily

Website: https://www.evictiondefensecen...

Nonprofit provides low-cost legal services to tenants facing eviction in Alameda County and the city of Richmond. All services are offered on a sliding scale basis.

Tenants Together

474 Valencia St #156, San Francisco, CA 94103 (No Drop-in Services)

Telephone: 415-495-8100

Website: www.tenantstogether.org

Email: info@tenantstogether.org

A nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants for safe, decent, and affordable housing.

Oakland Tenants Union

P.O. Box 10573, Oakland, CA 94601

Telephone: 510-704-5276

Website: https://oakandtenantsunion.org

Email: help@oaklandtenantsunion.org

A volunteer referral and resource organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenants rights and interests.

Alameda County Social Services Agency

Housing and Homeless Services

Website: https://alamedasocialservices....

The Alameda County Social Services Agency provides cash aid or housing voucher assistance to families and single adults who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in the county.

Season of Sharing (SOS)

Telephone: 510-272-3700

Website: https://www.alamedasocialservi...

The county’s SOS program is a private fund providing one-time crisis based assistance for housing and critical family needs to Alameda County residents. Grants are based not only for criteria being met but also on merit and the greatest need. Assistance is not guaranteed. For more information, call the automated pre-screening phone number or visit the program website.

Bay Area Legal Aid-Alameda County Office

1735 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Telephone: 510-663-4755 | Legal Advice Line: 800-551-5554

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm; Closed 12:00pm-1:00pm

Website: http://baylegal.org

Provides legal information and help to low-income people. Tenants may receive assistance in the following areas: Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Terminations, Disputes, Unsafe or unhealthy housing conditions, Lock-outs and Utility shut-offs, and tenants of foreclosed properties.

Local Organizations Providing Assistance to Property Owners


Alameda County Bar Association

Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC)

1000 Broadway, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607

Telephone: 510-302-2222. Option 4

Website: https://www.acbanet.org/pro-bo...

Email: membershipassistant@acbanet.org

The low-income Landlord Eviction Assistance clinic is the only free legal clinic in Alameda County that is dedicated only to property owners.

East Bay Rental Housing Association

3664 Grand Ave, Suite B, Oakland, CA 94610

Telephone: 510-893-9873

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (Closed for lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm)

Website: https://www.ebrha.com

Email: news@ebrha.com

EBRHA is a full-service nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting fair, safe and well-maintained residential rental housing that is compliant with local ordinances and state/federal laws. We offer our rental property owner and manager members city-specific and timely education, one-on-one property management advice, free rental forms, networking opportunities, and advocacy at the state and local level. EBRHA supports our members, neighbors and local businesses with community improvement and sustainability initiatives.


Local Organizations Providing Assistance to Property Owners and Tenants


SEEDS Community Resolution Center

2530 San Pablo Ave, Suite A, Berkeley, CA 94702

Telephone: 510-548-2377

Fax: 510-548-4051

Website: www.seedscrc.org

Email: casedeveloper@seedscrc.org

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm

Provides Mediation, facilitation and training. Can schedule a mediation session within 10 to 14 business days after all parties involved go through an intake process by phone. $75 per party involved, per mediation session, (Sliding scale available. No one is turned away for lack of funds.)


Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)

1814 Franklin St, Suite 1040, Oakland, CA 94612

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 29435, Oakland, CA 94604

Telephone: 510-271-8443 (Appointment Only)

Fax: 510-868-4521

Website: http://www.heraca.org

Email: inquiries@heraca.org

Promotes affordable and fair credit access, asset building and preservation. Fights abusive mortgage servicing, problems with homeowner associations, foreclosure, escrow and other homeowner problem, predatory lending of all kinds, and discrimination in financial services and consumer transactions.

Provides financial counseling to individuals and community education workshops. Trains service providers and other professionals. Translates clients' experiences and needs into policy work. Collaborates with many different partners across the state and country and creates positive solutions for vulnerable residents.

Local Organizations Providing Assistance to Seniors


Legal Assistance for Seniors

333 Hegenberger Rd, Suite 850, Oakland, CA 94621

Telephone: 510-832-3040

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm (Call for an Appointment)

Website: https://www.lashicap.org

Email: las@lashicap.org

Berkeley East Bay Gray Panthers

Telephone: 510-842-6224

Hours: Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/berke...

Email: graypanthersberk@aol.com

East Bay Gray Panthers have always been involved in progressive politics demonstrating for justice, civil rights, for the homeless, housing affordability, climate change, the environment and against war. Age and Youth In Action.

Serves Berkeley, CA, Albany, CA, Emeryville, CA, Oakland, CA, Richmond, CA, El Cerrito, CA, Alameda, CA, San Leandro, CA and nearby areas