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An Important Note from CCSLS

Dear Friends of Contra Costa Senior Legal Services,

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS) shares the intense frustration and sadness many are feeling at the senseless death of another unarmed Black citizen in the custody of the police. We mourn for George Floyd and so many like him who have lost their lives to police misconduct.

Although a large portion of our clients are minorities in need, we know we can do more to put an end to structural racism. In our upcoming 5-year strategic planning process, we pledge to undertake a close examination of meaningful actions we can initiate at the individual and organizational level to promote long overdue systemic change, including changes to promote racial equity within CCSLS.

Despite the grief and exhaustion we are all feeling at the intractability of these problems, we are hopeful that the unity shown by the national response to Mr. Floyd’s death presents a momentous opportunity to transform ourselves into a more inclusive, peaceful, and just society.

Let us commit to do everything we can to ensure we make the most of this window of opportunity to create a society that treats all with respect and dignity.

~ The Contra Costa Senior Legal Services Team

 

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Help CCSLS Fight the Impacts of Covid-19 Locally

Spring FundraiserThe onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic is having a huge impact on seniors in our community. The Shelter in Place order has led to increased elder abuse. Scams targeting seniors are skyrocketing. Loss of income threatens a surge in homelessness once evictions and foreclosures resume.

Together with your help we will meet the increased need for legal representation. The dollars you help raise will go towards keeping older adults housed, fight abuse, and remedy fraud in Contra Costa.

Please consider making a donation to our spring fundraiser.  Contributions of any size are welcome. Proceeds will go towards providing legal services to low income seniors in Contra Costa County.

 

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CCSLS Welcomes New Executive Director Jason Schwarz

Executive DirectorContra Costa Senior Legal Services is thrilled to welcome Jason Schwarz as its new Executive Director. Jason is excited to work with our volunteers, partners, staff and board to continue the fight for seniors’ rights in Contra Costa County.

A passionate and experienced lawyer with deep experience working to improve access to justice systems for vulnerable populations, Jason has worked at DPK Consulting (DPK), a Tetra Tech company, for over sixteen years. During his tenure at DPK, he rose from Business Development Director to Senior Director and oversaw a variety of domestic and international consulting projects. Jason led efforts to diversify DPK’s service offerings and built their fundraising capacities, resulting in steady growth from $8M to $40M in annual revenue.  Prior to joining DPK, Jason worked for almost five years practicing law in Oakland focusing on real estate and business law.

Through his community involvement and volunteer experience, Jason has further proven his commitment to advancing justice issues locally. From 2016-2018, he was a member and Chair of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) to the Contra Costa County Community Corrections Partnership focusing on criminal justice and offender community reintegration. Jason participated in Leadership Contra Costa, a 12-month program organized by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce where he learned about emerging policy issues and the needs in Contra Costa County.

Now more than ever, Contra Costa County needs a strong legal aid organization for our growing senior population. The Board of Directors of CCSLS is confident that Jason, with his diverse work and volunteer experience and commitment to justice issues, will be an effective leader who will ensure the organization’s continued growth and success in the years to come.

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COVID-19 and Advance Health Care Directives – Complete one now with an attorney through CCSLS free of charge remotely.

Where can you get a free advance health care directive completed during this period of shelter-in-place/social distancing?

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services has provided many seniors with advance health care directives in the past. During this period of social distancing, an attorney is able to guide you and complete an advance health care directive over the phone or computer. This service is provided free of charge for any senior 60 years or older in Contra Costa County. (more…)

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Demystifying The Latest State-Wide and Local Eviction Orders

 

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Contra Costa County Superior Courts Are Closed Through April 30, 2020; No Unlawful Detainer Evictions May Be Filed

The Contra Costa County Superior Court issued another press release extending the courts’ closures through April 30, 2020.  During this time, they will be accepting some filings beginning April 6, 2020, including restraining orders.  However, they will NOT accept unlawful detainer eviction filings during this time.  This means that landlords cannot file any new unlawful detainer cases until after April 30, 2020.

Concord City Council Approved Very Limited Eviction Ordinance through May 31

On March 25, 2020, Concord City Council approved an extremely limited ordinance on evictions.  The ordinance prevents landlords from evicting residential or commercial tenants for nonpayment of rent or utilities, if those tenants’ incomes are reduced due to the coronavirus.  Importantly, this is NOT a complete moratorium on evictions.

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Watch Out for Scams During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Woman working from homeThough Many Americans Are at Home, Scammers Are Still Hard at Work

Scammers are excellent at taking advantage of any vulnerability, real or perceived, in our society.  During this coronavirus pandemic, scammers are devising ways to scam people who are worried, anxious, and looking for help.  In addition to reducing your risk of contracting the virus, you need to keep your eyes out for scammers trying to take advantage of you during this difficult time.

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Announcement: COVID-19 “Shelter In Place” Order

Contra Costa County Is Under a “Shelter In Place” Order

Contra Costa County, along with five other Bay Area counties, has been ordered to “shelter in place.”  Many businesses will be closing until the order ends on April 7, 2020. Residents are ordered to stay home except for urgent medical needs, grocery shopping, or other urgent services. Residents may go outside for walks, but should practice “social distancing” and stay at least 6 feet away from others.  (more…)

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2702 Clayton Rd.
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Concord, CA 94519
(925) 609-7900
legalhelp@ccsls.org

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The mission of CCSLS is to protect the rights of seniors. By providing legal services, the organization is also able to mediate poverty and improve health outcomes for the population it serves. Lawyers are uniquely qualified to help identify and address legal issues that impede the ability of seniors to remain healthy and independent.