Posts Categorized: News

NLSLA Coordinates Toy Drive, Volunteers Step in to Help

This holiday season, NLSLA coordinated a toy drive for students experiencing homelessness at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima. More than 25 percent of Telfair’s students are homeless. They live in motels, in cars, and in garages. Their families struggle to get through each day, and the children carry the burden of these precarious situations into… Read more »

NLSLA Spearheads Effort to Help Low-Income Victims of Woolsey Fire

The Southern California Woolsey fire is finally contained, but the devastation it caused is just beginning to come into focus. That devastation has a disproportionate impact on low-income people, many of whom lost their homes or place of employment as a result of the fires. And so NLSLA is stepping in to help, spearheading a… Read more »

“I left this summer feeling empowered to serve and with a fire blazing in my heart”

Spend a summer at the forefront of change! NLSLA is offering law students a chance to make a lasting impact in the lives of low-income individuals, families and communities in Los Angeles County and beyond. NLSLA provides many unique opportunities for law students to develop and hone their legal and advocacy skills while working to… Read more »

NLSLA Honors Mike Feuer, Susan Burton and HARNESS at Annual Gala

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County hosted its 13th annual Just Neighbors gala at the Skirball Cultural Center, bringing together the organization’s friends and supporters to celebrate legal services that change lives and transform communities. Guests at the October 28 gala gathered for good food, music, and to honor this year’s award recipients, whose… Read more »

Confusion Leaves Low-Income Children In Health Care Limbo

Read California Healthline’s coverage of NLSLA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of low-income children who are denied necessary health services because providers use the wrong eligibility standard to determine whether they qualify for care. By Jocelyn Wiener CaliforniHealthline.org   Tania Alvarado’s 13-year-old daughter doesn’t smile much anymore. She doesn’t want anyone to see her front teeth,… Read more »

NLSLA Speaks Out in Support of LA Right to Counsel in Evictions

As an integral part of one of the nation’s most ambitious experiments in Civil Gideon—which calls for a right to counsel in civil cases where basic human needs are at stake—Neighborhood Legal Services has for many years been at the forefront of advocacy efforts aiming to provide access to attorneys for people in danger of… Read more »

Judge Orders County to Halt Unlawful Practice of Terminating Patients from Medi-Cal

Children, pregnant women and people with serious conditions and disabilities will no longer be left without medication and care simply because the county failed to process their Medi-Cal renewals LOS ANGELES, CA – A judge ordered Los Angeles County to halt its unlawful practice of terminating Medi-Cal recipients from critical coverage after failing to process… Read more »

NLSLA’s Charles Gillig Discusses the Crushing Weight of Medical Debt

When someone calls for an ambulance, they are at their most vulnerable. They are afraid for their life, or for the life of a loved one. So it’s especially concerning that at this very moment, despite being insured, they might be accruing medical debt that could paralyze them for decades. What good are emergency services… Read more »

Upsurge Of Suburban Poor Discover Health Care’s Nowhere Land

NLSLA’s advocacy to ensure access to critical care for Medi-Cal recipients across Los Angeles County was recently featured in the Washington Post. Here’s an excerpt: by Elaine Korry February 9 The promise of cheaper housing brought Shari Castaneda to Palmdale, Calif., in northern Los Angeles County, about nine years ago. The single mom with five… Read more »

Shriver Project Featured in ABA Article

The historic Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which established funding for seven projects in a statewide effort to provide representation to individuals and families in high-stakes civil cases, was featured this month in an ABA article. NLSLA leads the largest of California’s Shriver Projects–a collaboration with Inner City Law Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los… Read more »