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Legal Services of Northern California

from: https://www.niot.org

Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect (SCCAR) is having a presentation-discussion with attorney Sarah Fielding of Legal Services of Northern CA on Monday, June 5, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the United Way Community Room, 2280 Benton Dr. Redding CA.

“The mission of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) is to provide quality legal services to empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within our community, efficiently utilizing all available resources.”

LSNC’s service priorities include the following:

  • Preservation of housing – Assisting clients with the creation and preservation of low-income housing, tenants rights, evictions and lock outs, foreclosures, quality of housing, mobile homes, mitigation of homelessness, termination of utilities, unsafe housing, and lost of shelter because of natural disasters.
  • Health Care – Helping clients addressing legal issues affecting their access to health care, community participation in health planning, hospital services, Medi-Cal (Medicaid), dental care, long-term care in nursing homes, and the cost of health care.
  • Enhancing economic stability – Providing legal help with problems in areas of unemployment benefits, wage claims, wrongful termination, discrimination, job training and placement, education for adults and children, preventing job loss, driver’s license reinstatement, debt collection defense, obtaining and preserving necessary public benefits, job creation, consumer rights, and community economic development.
  • Support for families, family safety and stability – For example, assisting clients in need with obstacles they face about child care, child support, child welfare, troubled youths, preservation of the health and safety of the family unit, home and community, domestic violence, as well as other family law issues, such as simple wills and probate.
  • Civil Rights – Addressing discrimination against poor people, people of color, women, children, persons with disabilities, elderly and limited English-speaking persons, access to courts, right to counsel, self-representation, defense in civil actions and Native American issues
  • Education – Assisting low-income clients with school expulsions, especially for students of color; individualized education plans for students with disabilities; and implementation of school funding formula changes for low-income and minority districts.
  • Serving populations with special vulnerabilities – For example, seniors, persons with physical and mental disabilities, limited English-speakers, immigrant populations, persons with limited education, persons who are geographically isolated, and persons discriminated against because of race or culture.

SCCAR was formed in 1988 in response to a racially motivated shooting that occurred in Redding. A group of citizens, outraged at this attack, decided it was time to publicly speak out against racism and racial violence. SCCAR actively supports community efforts to oppose hate crimes of all types. The members of SCCAR work to promote social justice, equal opportunity and to increase awareness of the needs and concerns of all Shasta County’s varied communities.