The Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act–which funds an NLSLA-led pilot project providing assistance and representation to people facing eviction in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods–is now a permanent program in California.

The Act, which funds seven pilot projects across the state, was initially approved in 2009 to provide representation for the poor when critical civil rights are at stake and the opposing party has a lawyer. The Shriver Housing Project-Los Angeles at the downtown Mosk Courthouse is the largest of these pilots, and has already provided representation and legal assistance to 10,000 individuals and families, helping to preserve affordable housing and keeping families from becoming homeless.

“The Shriver Act already has provided tens of thousands of low-income Californians invaluable free legal representation,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer, who authored the Act in 2009. “Now this landmark program will be permanent.” NLSLA and its partners commend the legislature and Governor Brown for recognizing the importance of these programs and ensuring they continue to provide life-changing assistance to low-income Californians for years to come.