Legal Aid of Sonoma County (California)

Founded in 1958, provides crisis legal needs, including family violence, protection of abuse, and housing. HQ in Santa Rosa, CA.
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Primary geographic focus: California
Organization type(s): Provider

Legal Aid of Sonoma County assists with a range of crisis needs, including family violence issues (domestic violence and civil harassment restraining orders), child abuse and neglect issues (protective guardianships for children) and low-income housing issues (eviction and habitability complaints). All Legal Aid services are offered in English and Spanish.

Legal Aid of Sonoma County operates four primary programs through its Crisis Legal Advocacy Center:

  • SAFE (services for domestic violence victims)
  • C.A.P.P. (services for child abuse and neglect victims)
  • HOME (habitability and eviction services), and a
  • Legal Services Referral Program (LSRP)

Founded in 1958 and incorporated in 1983 as a private non profit, Legal Aid provides crisis legal services to low-income families and children.


News Story

New hope for children living in unstable homes

Martin Espinoza
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
July 25, 2017
A court-ordered remedy called legal guardianship is gaining traction for its less-stringent requirements than the county’s child protective services, where in some cases county officials legally remove a child from a home.

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Sonoma County is experiencing a second wave of fire victims: renters

Debora Villalon
KTVU (Oakland, CA)
November 17, 2017
Many are being evicted because their homes are now needed by the landlords, for themselves or someone else to live in.


After the inferno, many Sonoma attorneys dig deep, work for free

Chris Smith
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
December 4, 2017
Amid the lawsuit frenzy, a good many lawyers are stepping up to counsel fire victims for free. Clay Gantz is one who’s helped Legal Aid of Sonoma County maintain a presence at FEMA’s Local Assistance Center in the downtown Press Democrat building.

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Sonoma County fire survivors struggle to secure aid from FEMA

J.D. Morris
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
February 9, 2018
Percy enlisted the resources of Legal Aid of Sonoma County, which worked with FEMA to get him housed in a Santa Rosa motel for two months. Percy and the legal nonprofit are still hoping to move him back into a FEMA-assisted living situation

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Elder abuse and neglect reports continue to rise in Sonoma County

Martin Espinoza
Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA)
June 18, 2018
In Sonoma County, the total number of reported elder abuse and neglect cases grew 14 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 5,556 to 6,344 cases, according to the county’s Human Services Department.

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Insurance Companies Stonewalling Santa Rosa Trailer Park Residents

Emily Turner
KPIX-TV (SF Bay Area)
October 4, 2018
In the wake of the devastating Wine Contry wildfires, people who live in a fire-ravaged Santa Rosa mobile home park are suing their insurance companies, saying they can’t get help because their homes didn’t burn down.

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