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Know Your Rights: School Complaint Procedures

What to do when a school doesn't follow the law.
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California's COVID-19 Rent Relief

If you’re an income eligible renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, or you’re a landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, you may be eligible to get financial assistance now through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program.


  • COVID-19-related eviction defense
  • Subsidized Housing, including Section 8 and Public Housing
  • Lockouts/Utility Terminations
  • Housing Discrimination: LGBTQ+, Race, Family Status, etc.
October 1, 2021

California Veteran’s Home Saved After Bankruptcy

Rhonda B. almost lost her San Joaquin County home when loan processors mishandled her mortgage after she filed for bankruptcy. Thanks to her persistence and with help from CRLA, Rhonda saved her family's home.

October 7, 2021

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. Awarded Shartsis Friese LLP Public Interest Fellowship

Social justice attorney Stephen Zollman to join CRLA’s Santa Rosa office



  • Unpaid Wages and Overtime
  • Employment Discrimination:LGBTQ+, Race, Pregnancy, etc.
  • Employment Retaliation
  • Health and Safety Violations
  • Unemployment Insurance, including COVID-19
  • State Disabil
December 2, 2021

U.S. Dept. of Education Opens Investigation Against Paso Robles School District for Discriminatory Treatment of Latinx and Limited English Proficient Parents

The Office for Civil Rights will examine allegations of discriminatory treatment of Latinx and Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents and community members for being barred from meaningful participation in school board meetings due to the District’s failure to provide qualified, trained interpreters at meetings in a district where 35% of all students come from homes where Spanish is the primary language.

Public Beneficts

Public Benefit


  • CalWorks (TANF)
  • CalFresh (Food Stamps)
  • Medi-Cal
  • SSI (reduction or overpayments)
  • General Relief and
  • COVID-19-related benefits
February 9, 2022

Judge Allows Unhoused Residents’ Civil Rights Lawsuit Against City of San Luis Obispo to Proceed

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—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 SLO challenging the City’s pervasive and consistent practice of citing, fining, arresting, and moving unhoused people to move forward.

February 28, 2022

Advocates Reach Agreement with CA Employment Development Department to Expand Language Access

Language access improvements implemented through 2024 ensure EDD upholds Californians’ civil rights and embraces communities’ vast language abilities


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