Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC)

Provides legal aid in 23 northern California counties. HQ in Sacramento.
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Primary geographic focus: California, RURAL
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: LSNC
Lists: LSC

The mission of Legal Services of Northern California is to provide quality legal services to empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within their community efficiently utilizing all available resources.

Incorporated as the Legal Aid Society of Sacramento County in 1956, LSNC has grown to nine regional offices that closed 15,160 cases in 2010 (the most recent year for which data is available). LSNC closed an additional 22,000 individual cases in the five specially funded programs: Senior Legal Hotline; the Health Rights Program; the Ombudsman Services of Northern California (OSNC) (advocacy in long-term care facilities); the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) (Medicare-related advocacy); and the separately incorporated Voluntary Legal Services Program (VLSP).

LSNC serves a low-income population of over 500,000 spread over an urban/ rural area that is largely minority. They serve the second largest Hmong population and the largest Mienh community in the United States. Their northern and coastal counties and the San Joaquin river delta are home to thousands of migrant farm workers who cultivate and harvest the tree and row crops, including wine grapes, that support California’s agricultural industry. The north state is also home to a significant Native American population for whom their staff provide special outreach and services.


News Story

Is UC Davis Medical Center Skimping On Care For The Poor?

Pauline Bartolone
California Healthline
August 12, 2016
Nearly 123,000 Medi-Cal managed care enrollees in Sacramento County can no longer seek primary care at UC Davis.

News Story

Medicare sign-ups: How to prepare for 2017 changes and avoid scams

Claudia Buck
Sacramento Bee
October 10, 2016
Locally, thousands of seniors are expected to lose their current Medicare prescription drug or health plans under tentative changes announced for 2017.


Cuts to legal services for rural, poor people would hurt those who helped elect Trump

Kevin R. Johnson
Sacramento Bee
March 26, 2017
Legal aid organizations across the country, especially in the nation’s rural expanses funded for decades by the Legal Services Corporations, provide the critical voice for the poorest and most vulnerable of our neighbors.

News Story

With 220 languages spoken in California, courts face an interpreter shortage

Maura Dolan
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 5, 2017
Just finding enough trained interpreters has proved daunting. The state’s courts handle as many as eight million cases a year.


Natural Disasters Are Getting Worse. People with the Least Power Are Most at Risk.

Rachel Leven
Center for Public Integrity
April 25, 2019
“I don’t really think we’ve learned our lesson,” said Debra Wray Furrh, advocacy director for Lone Star Legal Aid in Texas. “We keep seeing the same results over and over and over.”

News Story

Landlords Across the Country Can Start Evicting Tenants Again. Many Have Nowhere to Go.

Emma Ockerman
June 1, 2020

News Story

Landlords Can’t Evict Their Tenants, So They’re Shutting Off Utilities and Threatening Them Instead

Emma Ockerman
May 21, 2020

Blog Post

Help for Corinthian Victims in California Governor’s Hands

Robert Shireman
Huffington Post
September 25, 2015
Governor Brown could bring some additional help to Corinthian victims if, by October 11, he signs a bill currently on his desk to increase funding for legal aid.

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