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Free Legal Assistance Available for Victims of Valley and Butte Fires

A legal aid hotline is now available for victims of the recently declared disaster areas related to the Valley Fire in Lake County and the Butte Fire in Calaveras County. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association […]

City Council Approves Controversial Law Targeting Homelessness

Chico News and Review recently published an article describing the Chico City Council’s adoption of an ordinance related to the city’s growing homeless population on September 15th. The ordinance was framed as preventing the degradation of “waterways and public property.” The lone council member in dissent objected to that “…framing as … environmental rather than […]

How Segregation Destroys Black Wealth

The New York Times recently reported on a study by the National Fair Housing Alliance, describing the persistence of intentional racial segregation in housing. The report demonstrates how these patterns of segregation have “taken an enormous toll on black wealth,” across several generations, by relegating relatively affluent and “middle-class” African-American families to neighborhoods where the […]

“Affordable” Rental Housing in Sacramento

In the article below, Erika Smith writes about the Sacramento City Council’s recent adoption of a fee imposed on new housing construction that will go into a fund to develop new affordable housing. This fee model is a retreat from the city’s prior endorsement, with LSNC’s strong support, of an “inclusionary” model which required all […]

Health Care Rights

Our advocates work to persuade agency decision-makers to bring their programs in line with legal requirements benefiting our clients. Sometimes our victories representing individual clients in hearings before Administrative Law Judges can produce positive results not only for that individual but for similarly-situated clients as well. A decision from a state Administrative Law Judge found […]

Valentine Run Sponsorship

Over the years, the Valentine Run/Walk has become a classic event for individuals and families of all ages and abilities. The Valentine Run/Walk is kid friendly, stroller friendly, and canine-companion friendly! Participants are encouraged to wear their hearts on their sleeves, socks, tutus, onesies and collars to compete for best dressed awards and to show […]

California kids’ economic health is ranked near last in U.S.

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation study ranked California 49th out of the 50 states—beating out only Mississippi–for indicators of child poverty and the financial instability of families. The report observes that California has shown significant progress in providing access to health care for children, and in reducing child mortality (ranking 14th […]

Clean Slate Clinic

Do you have a criminal record that is creating barriers to employment, education, or housing? Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) provides free legal help to eligible individuals who want assistance cleaning up their criminal records. On July 24, LSNC and El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) CalWORKs Employment Services will host […]

Homelessness in Eureka

In April, the city of Eureka announced plans to forcibly remove over a hundred homeless city residents from a campsite in an unoccupied area within the city limits, and at the time was considering establishing a more permanent “camp” location for such persons (like the “safe ground” concept in Sacramento.) The “safe ground” concept seems […]

Same-Sex Marriage Approved!

In a landmark decision from the US Supreme Court today, Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners […]