How to Get Help

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

For legal advice on legal matters involving Housing, Public Benefits and Health Access, call our Legal Advice Line for assistance:

Mondays and Thursdays 9:30am-3:00pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30am to 1:00pm

Alameda County – (510) 250-5270
Contra Costa County West – (510) 250-5270
Contra Costa County East – (925) 219-3325
Marin County – (415) 354-6360
Napa County – (707) 320-6348
San Francisco County– (415) 354-6360
San Mateo County – (650) 472-2666
Santa Clara County – (408) 850-7066
Toll-Free – (800) 551-5554

California Relay Service: Dial 711 or from TTY dial 1-800-735-2929 or visit California Relay Service for more information.

County not listed? Visit to find your local legal aid.

Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Survivors – Dedicated Legal Advice Line:

If you are a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault, you will need to be referred to our dedicated line by your local Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault agency, police department or court. You may also contact the numbers listed above for housing, public benefits or health access issues only.

About the Legal Advice Line

The Legal Advice Line (LAL) is a free legal hotline available to qualified low-income residents living in the Bay Area.  The LAL provides immediate counsel and advice in all languages on a range of civil legal issues.  Attorneys may give a caller legal advice, schedule eligible clients for an appointment in a neighborhood office, or provide the caller with a helpful referral to other social services organizations, when appropriate.

The Legal Advice Line answers 1,500 calls each month. If you are calling for legal help, you may have to wait for your call to be answered. Please be patient. Our attorneys want to make sure that everyone who calls gets the legal help they need.

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