State Funded Housing Stability

Program Overview

Learn about efforts by California’s Judicial Branch to assist people with housing security. 

Since 1999, the annual California Budget Act has allocated monies to an Equal Access Fund to improve equal access and the fair administration of justice through legal services in civil matters for indigent persons provided by qualified legal services projects and support centers, as defined in Sections 6213 to 6215, inclusive, of the Business and Professions Code.

Control language in the Budget Act requires these funds to be distributed by the Judicial Council to Legal Services Projects through the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission.  These funds are divided into Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (“IOLTA”) Formula Grants and Partnership Grants.  

Primary legal service areas are as follows:

  • Conservatorship
  • Consumer / Finance
  • Domestic Violence / Civil Harassment
  • Family Law
  • Fines / Fees
  • Guardianship
  • Health and Long-Term Care
  • Housing
  • Income Maintenance
  • Probates / Estates

 

Services are provided in group and individual settings. Group services include: 

  • Information on substantive legal options
  • Information on general court processes and procedures
  • Document preparation / review
  • Trial / hearing preparation

 

Individual (one-on-one) services include:

  • Information on substantive legal options
  • Information on general court processes and procedures
  • Document preparation / review
  • Filing assistance
  • Mediation / settlement assistance
  • Trial / hearing preparation
  • Post-trial / hearing assistance

 

Additionally, Legal Support Centers conduct research, provide trainings and workshops, conduct advocacy, provide technical assistance and court co-counsel, and prepare resource materials.