There is only about one legal aid lawyer for every 14,000 legal needs experienced by low-income people every year. As a result, only about 20% of low-income people get any help in any way on their legal issues. Thanks to this, the US ranks 68th out of 97th countries in the world in access to civil justice.
Yet legal aid is incredibly effective: people are 5-10 times more likely to win their case if they are represented by a lawyer. Without this aid, people cannot protect their rights to stay in their housing, safeguard their property from seizure, or keep custody of their children. They cannot use the law in creative ways that build wealth.
The law is a great tool for creating opportunity and preventing injustice. We believe it should be accessible to everyone, and we're providing that access in the highest need neighborhood of San Francisco.Click here to learn more about our mission.
In order to solve injustice, we have two programs. We are building the first system of universal access to legal representation in the country. Through our direct legal services program, we ensure that everyone in Bayview/Hunters Point gets legal representation on any viable legal claim, no matter how much money they have. This has very positive benefits to the local economy. One study found that for every $1 spent on legal aid, $7.42 in new local economic activity was created. Click here to read about our legal services program.
Our community development program uses the law to build local wealth and create opportunity. We help create diversified local ownership of businesses and properties in Bayview. Not only does this solve the access to capital problem facing our local businesses, but it also means that as these assets increase in value, the wealth is shared by everyone in the community. Click here to read about our community development program.