Legal Services

Centro Legal De La Raza
Free legal services to low-income Alameda tenants funded by the City of Alameda. Weekly drop-in hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am at Centro Legal de la Raza, 3022 International Boulevard, Suite 410, Oakland. (Accessible by AC Transit buses 51A and 20 and three blocks from the Fruitvale Bart station)
Ph: 510-437-1554

Legal Assistance for Seniors
Free legal services to low-income Alameda tenants funded by the City of Alameda. 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

Alameda County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral 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(PDF, 453KB) (Español)(PDF, 610KB)
Free legal advice for TENANTS available in all languages. Available to low-income individuals only.
1735 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA
Ph: 1-888-382-3405

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.

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

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
Ph: 510-452-4541

Housing Equality Law Project  (HELP)
HELP represents individuals who face discrimination in housing based on their race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, age, ancestry, color, creed, height, weight, and source of income. 
180 South Spruce Ave., Suite 250, San Francisco, CA
Ph: 415-797-4357 provides easy online access to basic legal resources and attorney information. They do 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 third Monday of the month, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Legal Services for Children
Provides free representation to children and youth who require legal assistance.
Ph: 415-863-3762