Rural Justice Updates

Fighting For Housing Rights

There is a major housing shortage in rural California and too often, rural, low-income residents and families are forced to live in substandard housing. Photo by David Bacon.

Rural, low-income residents face great difficulty finding safe and affordable housing. Similar to San Francisco and Los Angeles, there is a major housing shortage in rural California. Too often, families are forced to live in substandard housing. Clients in Modesto fought back against deplorable housing conditions, which included rodent infestations, dangerous mold and faulty plumbing. They were served eviction notices in return. CRLA Modesto filed a lawsuit to make sure the landlord treats their tenants fairly.

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CRLA Supports Indigenous Farmworkers

Many farmworkers do not speak Spanish or English, but indigenous languages native to Mexico. Photo by David Bacon.

Fausto Sanchez, a Community Worker in CRLA's Arvin office, works with indigenous migrant workers. Many of these workers do not speak Spanish or English, but indigenous languages native to Mexico. Fausto and the Indigenous Program help CRLA's clients gain access to essential services in their language. Watch this news segment to learn more about how CRLA is supporting indigenous farmworkers.

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Victory for Kern High School Students

CRLA and a coalition of civil rights advocates including who are representing Latino and African American students and parents have settled with the Kern High School District.

CRLA and a coalition of legal aid and civil rights groups have settled a lawsuit against Kern High School District to end the school's discriminatory practices against African American and Latino students. The settlement will reduce suspensions, expulsions and involuntary school transfers of students of color, and will ensure mandatory training in implicit bias and cultural competence for teachers and staff.

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Clean Slate Clinic

CRLA's Marysville office will host its first Clean Slate Clinic on July 31st. The clinic helps individuals with conviction records take legal steps to clear prior criminal history and make it easier to find a job and a safe place to live.

"Community members who serve their sentence, complete probation, and pay their fines deserve the opportunity to return home to their families and rebuild their lives,” said Marysville Directing Attorney Laura Ferree. “Families and communities are stronger and safer when we give people the opportunity to work hard and pay their bills.”

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Keeping a Family in Their Home

Pedro reached out to CRLA's Coachella office and learned he qualified for Keep Your Home California's Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program. This program pays up to 18 monthly mortgage payments for homeowners who are receiving unemployment.

Pedro is a 68-year-old migrant farmworker living with his family of four in the Coachella Valley. Around Christmas, he lost his job, and without his income, he feared losing the home he had worked so hard to provide for his family. 

Pedro reached out to CRLA's Coachella office and met with Community Worker Lorena Martinez. Lorena, along with Johanna Torres of CRLA's Rural Foreclosure Assistance Project, assessed Pedro's situation and realized he qualified for Keep Your Home California's Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program. This program pays up to 18 monthly mortgage payments for homeowners who are receiving unemployment. 

With the help of Lorena and Johanna, Pedro applied for the program, and in less than two months, his mortgage payments were covered while he looked for work. Pedro and his family will have a projected total savings of $23,115.24 over 18 months, and most importantly, they will keep their family home!

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