Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)

Founded in 2002, CLSEPA provides civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in East Palo Alto and the surrounding community.
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Primary geographic focus: California
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: CLSEPA

Since opening its doors in September 2002, CLSEPA’s legal service programs have benefited over 10,000 community members. Today, CLSEPA provides legal assistance to over 1,500 clients annually, and its practice areas include housing, immigration, general civil litigation, and anti-predatory lending.

CLSEPA is a community-based organization funded by grants and donations from foundations, law firms, legal organizations, and individuals who recognize the importance of providing the protections of the law to those who would not otherwise have them. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students, and community volunteers work with dedicated staff to provide life-changing legal services to residents in need.


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A day in the life of an Attorney of the Day

Lezak Shallat
KALW (San Francisco) (local NPR)
June 21, 2016
The program’s the only one of its kind in the country and it addresses a need that most people don’t realize exists: immigrants facing deportation have no right to a lawyer, not even when they’re children.

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Low-income families face eviction as building ‘rebrands’ for Facebook workers

Sam Levin
September 21, 2016
A Silicon Valley apartment complex wants to attract high-income tenants who work at top tech firms – but critics ask, what is the human cost?

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Tech founder funds affordable housing nonprofit: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative offers $3.1M to East Palo Alto legal aid group

Samantha Weigel
San Mateo Daily Journal
February 7, 2017
Buoyed by the success of Facebook’s founder and his wife, the philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is delving into the Bay Area’s housing crisis by funding legal support and advocacy for tenants facing displacement.


Attorney Daniel Saver battles for affordable housing in Bay Area

Richard Scheinin
Mercury News (San Jose, CA)
March 9, 2017
We talked to Saver about the scope of the housing crisis: the “bleeding” from the region of service workers and middle class earners, and the disproportionate toll the crisis is taking on Hispanic and African-American families.


Why California should boost legal aid funding

Bob Wieckowski, Salena Copeland
Mercury News (San Jose, CA)
March 22, 2017
Seniors, people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors and their children, elderly financial abuse victims, victims of consumer scams, working parents in debt and many more will be left alone to navigate a daunting legal system.

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Facebook Founder’s Favor Comes With Complications

Nellie Bowles
New York Times (NYT)
November 23, 2017
For many in East Palo Alto, which is just blocks from Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., no C.E.O. and company have come to embody the anxieties of the modern tech boom more than Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook.

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Hot Housing Markets Pinch Seniors

Jennifer Levitz, Laura Kusisto
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
March 31, 2016
Decline in homeownership among older people leaves them susceptible to rent hikes.

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Grab the Rent Receipts, Duck the Scams: Activists Rush to Help People Qualify for Obama Immigration Plan

Esme E. Deprez
November 22, 2014
How groups are advising undocumented people how to take advantage of Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reform.

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