Free and Low-Cost Legal & Social Services


Alameda County Bar Association, Lawyer Refferal Service & Volunteer Legal Service
The Alameda County Bar Association offers lawyer referrals in Alameda County and is regulated and certified by the State Bar of California. For a $35 fee, ACBA will match you with an attorney qualified to help you with your legal issue for up to a 30 minute consultation. 
Ph: (510) 302 -2222, option 4

Bay Area Legal Aid
Bay Area Legal Aid is committed to providing meaningful access to the civil justice system through quality legal assistance regardless of a clients’s location, language or disability.
1735 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA
Ph: 1-800-551-5554

California Courts Self Help Center
A referral database of free and low cost legal service in California, as well as library of legal self-help resources.

Centro Legal de La Raza
Provides free or low-cost, bilingual, culturally-sensitive legal aid, community education and advocacy for low-income residents of the Bay Area.
3022 International Blvd #410, Oakland, CA 94601
Ph: 510-437-1554

East Bay Community Law Center
Focuses on defending eviction lawsuits brought against low income tenants.
2921 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703
Ph: 510-548-4040

Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO)
ECHO's Tenant/Landlord Counseling Program provides information to tenants and landlords. Additionally, ECHO has trained mediators to assist in resolving housing disputes. 
770 A St #310, Hayward, CA 94541
Ph: (510) 581-9380

Eden Information & Referral - 211
Links families and individuals to the full range of community resources available to them; provides comprehensive information on health, housing and human services in Alameda County. 
Ph: 211

Eviction Defense Center
For tenants facing eviction or landlord-tenant issues. Full attorney representation for a fee, on sliding scale.
1611 Telegraph Ave., Ste 726, Oakland, CA
This service is not free, but will work on a sliding scale and will not turn people away because of a lack of funds

Family Support Center - Alameda Family Services
The Family Support Center empowers and supports individuals and families by connecting them with resources in the community and bringing resources to a central location for the community to access. 
Hours: Tues & Fri, 9am-5pm; Thurs, 11am-7pm
Location: 2325 Clement Ave., Suite A, Alameda, CA
Phone: 510-612-7807

Family Violence Law Center
Family Violence Law Center is a non-profit organization serving family violence victims and their children through Alameda County, California. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call the crisis hotline.
Hotline: 1-800-947-8301

Housing Equality Law Project
524 Union Street, Suite 31, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-797-4357
Fax: 650-212-2117 provides low-income Californians with easy online access to basic legal resources and attorney information. LawHelpCalifornia DOES NOT provide direct legal services. is a collaborative project with policy oversight from the CalJjustice Advisory Committee and assistance from advocates at legal aid programs throughout the state.

Lawyers in the Library Program
Hosts volunteer attorneys who provide free consultation and referrals on a wide variety of issues. Unlike many volunteer legal service programs, patrons need not meet specific income eligibility requirements.
Alameda Main Library (1550 Oak St.) on the first Wednesday of the month, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Alameda West End Library (788 Santa Clara Ave.) on the thirds Monday of the month, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Legal Assistance for Seniors
Provides legal assistance to seniors 60 and older. Offering in-person services at the Mastick Senior Center on the third Monday of the month from 1 PM- 2 PM. 
Ph: (510) 832-3040
Hotline: (800) 222-1753

Legal Services for Children
Ph: (415) 863-3762

SEEDS Community Resolution Center
SEEDS offers confidential mediation services for individuals. There is a nominal fee, on a sliding scale.
Ph: 510-548-2377