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Housing

CCSLS provides free legal services to tenants who have legal issues related to their tenancy. To have your case evaluated, call (925) 609-7900.

CCSLS does not provide assistance to landlords seeking to evict tenants. To hire a private attorney, contact the Lawyer Referral and Information Service through the Contra Costa County Bar Association at (925) 825-5700. If you do not want to hire a private attorney, you can also use the Senior Self-Help Clinic.

The California court’s website has resources on housing matters, including evictions (unlawful detainers), foreclosures, and security deposits.

For our info sheet on getting the security deposit you deserve, you can download it in English or download it in Spanish.

For federal housing law resources, check out the National Housing Law Project’s resource center on their website or call 415-546-7000. They have information about public housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, and more.

Finding housing:

CCSLS does not assist clients who are searching for new housing. The Contra Costa County website has resources on finding affordable housing in the County. You can also contact them at (925) 674-7208.

Aging and Adult Services also provides resources through their Information and Assistance line for seniors and people with disabilities in Contra Costa County. You can contact them at (800) 510-2020 or (925) 229-8434 (if calling from a cell phone or outside of Contra Costa County).

Elder Abuse

CCSLS provides free legal assistance to seniors experiencing elder abuse.  Click here for more information on our services.  To have your case evaluated, call (925) 609-7900.

The California court’s website provides information about elder abuse and how to ask for an Elder Abuse Restraining Order.

Abuse in long-term care facilities: California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform provides information on elder abuse, focusing on nursing homes and senior residential facilities.  If you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse in a long-term care facility, you can contact the Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa on their website or at (925) 685-2070.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing elder abuse that takes place outside of a long-term care facility, you can make a report to Adult Protective Services at (877) 839-4347 or (925) 602-4179 (cell phones or calls made outside of Contra Costa County).

National Resources

Consumer Protection

Fraud, Scams, and Identity Theft

The National Consumer Law Center has resources on many topics, including bankruptcy, mortgages, loans, credit cards, and more.

CCSLS may be able to assist in cases in which a senior has been scammed by a “professional” such as a person who has sold someone an unnecessary security system. To have your case assessed, call (925) 609-7900.

Debt Relief

Bankruptcy

CCSLS does not assist with bankruptcy cases; however, we can talk to you about debtor’s rights and give you referrals.  The Contra Costa County Bar Association hosts free bankruptcy clinics on a monthly basis. The Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corp. also hosts monthly bankruptcy workshops (in Oakland, but CCC residents are eligible) in which they assist individuals who are representing themselves in Bankruptcy Court.  Call (510) 302-2222 for more information

Advance Health Care Directives

Advance Health Care Directives are important planning documents. CCSLS hosts clinics to prepare AHCDs.

Fact Sheet on AHCDs »

Durable Power of Attorney

Clients who are seeking to create a Durable Power of Attorney for their finances can contact CCSLS for an appointment at (925) 609-7900.

Fact sheet on DPOAs »

Other Resources for Seniors & Family Members

Legal Resources

LGBT Seniors

Health and Economic Stability

Justice in Aging provides an overview on resources for supporting seniors’ economic stability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI):

Social Security

The Social Security Administration retirement section provides information on how to apply for and manage benefits, including online applications.

Medicare / Medicaid

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

Area Agency on Aging provides information and assistance regarding the resources available to Contra Costa County seniors.

Mediation / Out of Court Resolutions

SEEDS Community Resolution Center offers free mediation for individuals or families in conflict.  They are a partner in the Elder Abuse Prevention Project (Link to EAPP section).

Aging in Harmony provides mediation services for families for a fee.