Central California Legal Services (CCLS)

Since 1966, CCLS has fought social injustice through education and representation of low-income residents in a six-county service area in the central San Joaquin Valley. Offices in Fresno, Merced, and Visalia.
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Primary geographic focus: California
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: CCLS
Lists: LSC

For almost 50 years, CCLS has served as a vanguard of equity by fighting social injustice through education and representation of low-income residents.  The organization’s mission is to fight social injustice, to provide education and representation to the disadvantaged, and to maintain access to the legal system.

CCLS traces its origins to 1966, when it operated as Fresno County Legal Services, Inc. Through a series of mergers, the office grew to encompass its current six-county service area in the central San Joaquin Valley and the mountain foothills. By maintaining a focus on clients’ legal needs and integrity of services, the expert staff at CCLS serves thousands of eligible clients in the counties of Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Merced, Tuolumne, and Mariposa, as well as senior citizens in Madera County. Today, CCLS employs a staff of over sixty individuals with offices in the cities of Fresno, Merced, and Visalia.



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Andrea Castillo, Barbara Anderson, Bonhia Lee
Fresno Bee (CA)
May 8, 2016
Thousands of the city’s poorest and most vulnerable people live in unhealthy and unsafe apartments. They stay silent because they fear being evicted or deported, and they continue to live in misery.

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California Healthline
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