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Announcement: Affordable Housing Waiting List Opens April 1-5

Are you searching for affordable housing? 

The Project Based Voucher (PBV) Waiting List will be open Monday, April 1, 2019 10:00am through Friday, April 5, 2019 4:00pm.

The Contra Costa County Housing Authority administers the Project Based Voucher Program.  The program is similar to the traditional Section 8 Voucher, or Housing Choice Voucher program.  However, this program is different, because the housing subsidy is attached to particular property.  Applicants typically pay about 30% of their income for the rent.  There are income eligibility requirements. (more…)

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What is the difference between an Advance Health Care Directive and a POLST?

Many people are confused about whether they need an advance health care directive (AHCD) or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for incapacity planning.  Only individuals with a very serious illness who may not survive for a long time need a POLST.  However, we recommend that any person over the age of 18 — healthy or ill — have an advance health care directive.   A POLST is not a substitute for an advanced health care directive.  For a chart on how the POLST and advance health care directives work together, click here(more…)

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Free Tax Preparation Available from CCSLS

It’s tax season, and we are proud to partner with AARP to provide free tax clinics here in our office.  This program offers free, individualized tax preparation to anyone, regardless of age or income.  We will have two clinics: February 19, 2019 and March 19, 2019.  If you would like to sign up, just call the office at (925) 609-7900. (more…)

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New Law in California Makes Organ Donation the Default

California has taken steps to increase the number of organ donors in the State.  On January 1, 2019,  A.B. 3211 went into effect.  The new law makes three changes to California’s Advanced Health Directive (AHCD) law, which clarify patients’ rights regarding organ donation.

Organ donation is now the default choice.

The new law simplifies the choice to donate organs and/or tissue by making the choice all inclusive.  Donation is now the default, and if a person wishes not to donate, they must say so.  Instead of separate questions, the new form has just one choice for those electing to donate.  The new language says that upon death, organs, tissue, and parts can be donated for transplantation, therapy, research and education.  Individuals can specify exceptions or cross out any of the choices in the general donation clause. (more…)

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What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

If you slipped and hit your head, and ended up in the hospital in a coma, who would manage your finances?  Does that person have the legal authority to access your accounts, pay your bills, and handle your property?  If you are a senior, you should know the answer to these questions.  Anyone can become incapacitated, and planning for this can save you and your family a lot of time, money, and headache.  A Durable Power of Attorney is one of the key documents to plan for incapacity. (more…)

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New Law Will Make SSI Recipients Eligible for CalFresh in 2019

Beginning in summer of 2019, seniors in California who receive Social Security Income (SSI)/State Supplemental Payment (SSP) benefits will also be able to apply for CalFresh food benefits.  California had been the only state in the nation to exclude SSI/SSP recipients from receiving food stamps.  This new law will help reduce hunger and poverty among California’s seniors.

The CalFresh food program is California’s largest social service program to help relieve hunger and malnutrition in the state.  Over 4 million California residents receive an average of $130 per month to purchase food.  With this change in the law, eligible seniors will be able to receive a monthly CalFresh food benefit to help meet their basic needs.  Importantly, the receipt of CalFresh benefits will not count as income or resources for the purposes of calculating SSI/SSP benefits. (more…)

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As California’s Population Ages, Resources Grow Thin

Millions of seniors are struggling to meet their basic needs.  From health care to housing to caregiving, there are not enough resources to go around, according to a new article in the LA Times (   These struggles will only grow as the population of California’s seniors, the fastest-growing population, continues to increase.  In 2016, there were 5.5 million seniors in California.  By 2060, that number is expected to climb to 13.5 million, or 26% of the population (from 14%).  (more…)

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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.