Monthly Archives: September 2014

Video: NLSLA and Sun Valley Residents Win Environmental Justice Fight

Sun Valley is quite literally Los Angeles’ dumping ground. Although the area is home to only two percent of the city’s population, it handles some 42 percent of the city’s trash. NLSLA began working with families in Sun Valley when Waste Management, the largest trash disposal company in North America, asked the city of Los… Read more »

NLSLA Sues CA for Putting Lives at Risk by Leaving Hundreds of Thousands in Medi-Cal Limbo

Frances Rivera knew there was something wrong with her son’s heart. The Visalia resident, 68, watched for years as her adult son Robert suffered from an array of conditions that, under the supervision of a primary care physician, would have raised a series of red flags. But Robert, who worked a low-wage job, could not… Read more »

Just Neighbors 2014 Honors Yaroslavsky for Support of Self-Help Centers

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County hosted its 9th annual Just Neighbors event at The Autry in Griffith Park, where 300 friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the organization’s work changing lives and transforming communities across Los Angeles. Guests at the September 6 gala explored the museum’s Route 66 exhibition while honoring this year’s… Read more »

Video: Fighting for Acess to Life-Saving Health Care

Jenny Pho Hua was terrified of losing her father. In the middle of successful treatment for an aggressive cancer, his insurance disrupted his care and forced him to seek treatment with unqualified physicians. Jenny worked tirelessly to get her father’s treatment restored, but nothing worked. That’s when she reached out to NLSLA.  

Video: Fighting Unlawful Foreclosures, Protecting the American Dream

Anabeht and Armando Velasco were among the many families in Los Angeles facing foreclosure because of their bank’s systematic disregard of federally-backed loan modification agreements and repeated attempts to foreclose on the homes of compliant borrowers. Their case underscored a widespread and pernicious practice whereby banks enter into loan modification agreements with eligible homeowners while… Read more »

Client Story: Fighting Race Discrimination in Housing

For years, families in the Antelope Valley participating in the Section 8 program watched with fear as their community turned against them, as their city leaders instituted policies that stripped them of their rights, as the very program designed by the federal government to help them was used to push them out of their neighborhood… Read more »

Client Story: When an Illness is a Symptom of Slum Housing

Ms. King suspected her children’s respiratory illnesses were connected to the broken pipes and mold in her apartment. Unable to get her landlord to address these problems, she continued to bring her children to St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, a community clinic in South Los Angeles, to treat their respiratory symptoms. After learning… Read more »

Client Story: Self-Help Center Empowers Grandmother in Custody Case

When Louise Reaves’ daughter could no longer take care of her own young child, Louise knew she could give the three-year-old girl a stable, loving home. But she soon found herself unable to navigate a time-consuming, financially debilitating custody case. “I was going through a hard time emotionally, financially,” she said. “I just didn’t know… Read more »

Client Story: Ending the Nightmare of Domestic Violence

Alice* was still living in the Middle East when she met the American man who would become her husband. She couldn’t have imagined back in those early days of courtship—before they were married and she moved to the United States to be with him—that the man she was falling in love with would soon become… Read more »

Client Story: Her Monthly Benefits Were Stolen, And the State Didn’t Help

Evelyn Carpio, a single mother who receives government assistance to supplement wages from her job, was surprised when her benefits card was denied at a grocery store due to insufficient funds. Carpio soon learned that her monthly benefits had been withdrawn in their entirety earlier that day, likely through a pernicious practice called “skimming,” whereby… Read more »