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Low-income tenants and homeowners in San José have access to free legal services through the city-funded San José Housing Consortium.

The Housing Consortium’s goal is to increase housing stability and reduce the risk of homelessness for vulnerable residents. The importance of housing stability is particularly urgent during the current pandemic, with health officials urging people to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by sheltering in place.

Housing Consortium lawyers are able to help with many types of tenancy disputes, including evictions, breaches of tenancy, non-payment of rent, housing discrimination, health and safety issues and rent increases.

The housing consortium is funded by a grant from the City of San José Housing Department. The consortium is made up of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Bay Area Legal Aid, Senior Adults Legal Assistance, Asian Law Alliance and Project Sentinel.

In addition to providing legal services, Housing Consortium lawyers hold community meetings to inform tenants and landlords of their rights and obligations under applicable state and local laws.

Tenants who want legal assistance can call 800-551-5554 to receive referrals. Owners can call 408-414-5359 to access legal information.

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