About Us

WHAT IS PROJECT LEGAL LINK?

Although low-income families face two to three legal issues each year, many go unidentified and only 20% are addressed with the help of a lawyer. In partnership with Tipping Point Community, Project Legal Link partners with trusted education, employment, housing and health providers in San Francisco to help those in need access and navigate the legal system on their path to self-sufficiency. After two years of building this model independently, in the fall of 2016 Project Legal Link moved its work under the largest regional legal aid provider, Bay Area Legal Aid.

WHY PARTNER WITH OR SUPPORT PROJECT LEGAL LINK?

Legal issues prevent low-income families from obtaining housing, employment, and stability. Legal Link has a two-pronged approach that aims to support low-income residents directly and through the non-lawyer advocates they already work with. First, Legal Link trains frontline social service providers to identify legal issues and make targeted referrals. We bring legal resources in-house and build relationships cross-sector. Second, we do holistic consults directly with the organization’s clients to help them figure out their legal issues and where to get help. As we identify unmet needs in the legal community, we work to meet those. We also create and maintain the bank of resources agencies need, offer our expertise to staff, and support organizations to implement this approach. Simply put, we embed an expert legal lens and robust support system into the great work already being done across our community.

TAP INTO EXISTING NETWORKS

There are nearly 60 non-profit legal providers in the Bay Area, but low-income families rarely have the resources or knowledge to navigate them. At the same time, social service providers that families regularly visit have limited command of the legal system. By partnering with both social and legal service providers, we tap into the networks and expertise that already exist, and bridge those that don’t.

BUILD UPON TRUSTED RELATIONSHIPS

Low-income families turn to trusted case managers, counselors and others they know well in moments of crisis. Legal Link builds upon these long-standing relationships in the community to allow for better and earlier identification of legal issues, and to help fortify a support system beyond the resolution of the legal issue at hand.

USE TECHNOLOGY + DESIGN TO INCREASE IMPACT

Our work is about connection. We rely on design principles to make legal concepts more meaningful to non-legal audiences. We use technology to collect data, share information, and sustain partnerships.

ORGANIZATIONS IN THE LEGAL LINK NETWORK

This pilot project is currently working in San Francisco County, with the following agencies:

  • Community Housing Partnership
  • Compass Family Services
  • Homeless Prenatal Program
  • KIPP Bay Area
  • Larkin Street Youth Services
  • Mission Asset Fund
  • New Door Ventures
  • San Francisco Guardian Scholars Program
  • Upwardly Global

WHAT DOES THIS WEBSITE PROVIDE?

This website is designed for social service providers who serve low-income San Franciscans.

  • The “Referrals” tab helps providers locate legal organizations that offer specific services such as restraining orders, warrants, or credit issues. The legal organization you are directed to is not the only one providing this service, but it is good first call for clients who are low-income.
  • The “Resources” tab houses up-to-date information for all of the non-profit legal providers serving low-income San Franciscans.

This website does not provide legal advice or act as a lawyer referral service. For referrals to private attorneys, contact the Bar Association of San Francisco.

NOTE: If you are a legal service provider and want access to the SF or Alameda Legal Providers google doc, email [email protected]

Have feedback or want to connect? We would love to hear from you!

Contact us at [email protected] or 415.851.1PLL (415.851.1755)

News & Trainings

Office Hours @ HPP

Every Tuesday I 1:30-4:30 pm

Consults with staff and clients. Use the google doc to sign up (ask Dan or Sacha if you need access to it).

Legal Link in pictures

Margaret Hagan, at Stanford’s Law Design Tech Program, put the Legal Link story into image form! Check it out: http://lawdesigntech.tumblr.com/post/128642908387/how-can-social-service-providers-to-get-people-to

Legal Link in Open Law Lab

Margaret Hagan, a Stanford lawyer and designer, published a blog post on Project Legal Link at http://www.openlawlab.com/2015/04/27/project-legal-link-for-legal-social-service-coordination/