Legal Assistance

The following advocacy and patients’ rights organizations can be helpful in cases of disagreement between clients and clinicians, whether about services provided or about other issues.

San Francisco Mental Health Clients’ Rights

tel: (415) 552-8100 1095 Market Street #610, Monday-Friday 9-5

  • Patients’ rights advocacy program
  • Provide information, investigation, training, and monitoring regarding patients’ rights and mental health laws
  • Referrals to other advocacy services and attorneys when appropriate

Homeless Advocacy Project

tel: (415) 974-6541 / toll-free: 1-800-405-4HAP 1360 Mission Street, Tuesday 1-4

  • Drop-in clinic for tenants at risk of homelessness
  • Help for those with infractions, non-serious misdemeanors, or outstanding warrants

Eviction Defense Collaborative

tel: (415) 947-0797 / fax: (431) 8270 433 South Van Ness Avenue

  • Legal assistance and advocacy to low income tenants who are being evicted, by helping tenants draft a legal response to the eviction and providing referrals
  • One time rental assistance grants/loans for tenants behind in their rent
  • Service in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, and Tagalog

Housing Rights Committee

tel: (415) 703-8644 (counseling) / 703-8634 (membership) 427 South Van Ness Avenue (at 15th Street)

  • Free tenants’ rights counseling Monday-Thursday 1-5pm
  • Advocate for tenants’ rights and improved availability of affordable housing
  • Service in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, and Spanish

Bar Association of San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services

tel: (415) 982-1600 / fax: (477) 2388 465 California Street, Suite 1100

  • Pro bono services in areas including family law, eviction defense, community organization representation, homeless advocacy, interpreting, social services
  • Service in English, Cantonese, Spanish, and Mandarin
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