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Immigration Program

Centro Legal operates multiple immigration clinics. Additional information about specific clinics for DACA applicants, unaccompanied minors, migrant families and detained individuals is forthcoming.

  • General Immigration Clinic

    Our drop-in general immigration clinic takes place the third Thursday of every month from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at our main office. No appointment is necessary but in order to check on date of the next upcoming general immigration clinic, call (510) 437-1554, email info@centrolegal.org, or stop by our office.

  • Additional Resources for Newcomers

    Please visit our Resources for Unaccompanied Children and Refugee Families Database. The development of this database was made possible through a partnership with Code the Change, a community of science students at Stanford University who are committed to using their skills for social change. Click here to access the database.

Tenants’ Rights Program

 

Stop displacement, maintaining neighborhoods and stabilizing our communities are very important goals for the Tenants’ Rights Program. We have crafted a program providing several venues for services, with the intention of reducing stress and increasing the availability of quick and effective assistance. Our services are the following:

1. Eviction Defense Representation

Tenants’ Rights Program attorneys represent tenants with evictions in Alameda County. Tenants who have received unlawful detainers should call for an appointment immediately. Tenants will be given the first appointment available. Please call (510) 437-1554

2. Legal Clinics

Centro Legal operates multiple legal clinics each week. Tenants at all of our clinics are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and must meet HUD’s low income guidelines to obtain a consultation. Legal assistance can be found at the following clinics:

  • Monday Rapid Housing Questions and Referral Clinic: Oakland Tenants Only

Monday’s at Oakland’s Housing Assistance Center (250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 6th floor, Oakland) from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. This drop-in clinic: you do not need an appointment. All tenants arriving by 11:00 AM will receive a brief consultation and, if necessary, referral to an extended services appointment.

*Please note: because this is an off-site clinic, we cannot see returning clients here. If you’ve had a consultation with a housing attorney in the previous six months, you must return to our Fruitvale office for ongoing assistance. You are encouraged to call to see what is the best option for follow up.

  • Tuesday Afternoon Notice Hour: Received a notice and need to know what to do?

The eviction process is very quick. To address the need to understand what a written notice means, we have implemented “Notice Hour.” Tenants may come with written notices at 2:30 Tuesdays Tenants will receive a brief consultation and, if necessary, referral to an extend services appointment.

  • Oakland, Richmond and all south Alameda County residents

Thursdays at Centro Legal tenants who arrive by 9:00 AM will receive a brief consultation and, if necessary, referral to an extended services appointment.

  • Last Friday of the Month – Hayward Tenants Rights Legal Clinic

We offer monthly clinics at Hayward City Hall on the 4th Friday of each month. Know Your Rights Presentations (open to all) followed by attorney consultations for up to six low-income tenants.

3. Know Your Rights Trainings for Buildings

Tenant’s Rights Program attorneys are available to provide Know Your Rights trainings to groups, including residents of entire buildings. In order to stop displacement, we need to make sure all tenants in a building are protected. The loss of even one tenant from a building chips away at our vibrant communities. Tenants are invited to contact the Tenants’ Rights Program to schedule a building-wide training. These trainings are generally scheduled for Tuesdays between 3:00 – 7:00 PM (generally at least 80% of the building will attend).

Workers’ Rights Program

Centro Legal holds several Workers’ Rights clinics each month. We host a drop-in clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Because capacity is limited, we recommend arriving early. Our other monthly clinics are held in the evenings and are by appointment only. Please call (510) 437-1554, email info@centrolegal.org, or stop by our office to get information about the next clinic.

Visiting Community Clinics

  • Consumer Protection Clinic

    Fights fraud against low-income community members by educating them about their rights as consumers and advocates for victims of unlawful consumer practices. One clinic per week – please call 510.437.1554 for an appointment.

  • Family Law Clinic

    Provides free consultations in our office. Two clinics per month – please call (510) 510.437.1554 for an appointment.

  • Workers’ Compensation Clinic

    Provides free consultations in our office. Two clinics per month – please call (510) 510.437.1554 for an appointment.

Referral Services

If your legal issue does not appear on these pages, Centro Legal may be able to connect you to the appropriate legal service providers. Call 510.437.1554 to learn more.

Policy Advocacy and Impact Litigation

To propose policy advocacy or impact litigation, please write to info@centrolegal.org