NLSLA believes access to safe, affordable housing is essential to the health of individuals, families, and communities. The organization works to preserve affordable housing and rent control, prevent unlawful evictions and foreclosures, and fight discrimination in Section 8 and other government-subsidized housing. Attorneys provide a range of services, from advice and counsel to individual representation and high-impact litigation.

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NLSLA is at the forefront of health advocacy in California: we lead a statewide network of programs offering free assistance to people struggling to get coverage and resolve problems with health plans; work to identify widespread health access issues that need to be addressed on a policy level; and ensure implementation of the Affordable Care Act is meaningful for the most impacted communities in Los Angeles.

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Economic Security

Helping low-income individuals, families and communities attain economic security is at the heart of much of NLSLA’s work. Our advocates work to mitigate the effects of poverty and create opportunities for individuals and families to attain financial stability. We work with clients to remove barriers to education and employment, protect and resolve family relationships, and ensure access to safety-net public benefits.

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Access to Justice

NLSLA believes justice depends on equal access to the courts and to the protections of the law. How can we ensure a fair outcome in a custody case when there is no interpreter? How  can someone in a wheelchair fight to protect their home when their assigned courtroom is three bus routes away? NLSLA works to ensure access to our courts and to expand legal assistance and representation in civil cases where basic human needs are at stake.

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“After suffering domestic violence, I relied on NLSLA to help me rebuild my life.”

- Sara Ribeiro, NLSLA client

“I’m always going to be grateful for their help, because I know without their help, we wouldn’t be in this home.”

- Michelle Velasco, NLSLA client