Public Interest Law Project (PILP)

Since 1996 has provided crucial litigation and advocacy support to local legal services and public interest law programs throughout California.
Organization Website

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Primary geographic focus: California Statewide, Northern California, Southern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Support Centers
Tags: Benefits, Civil Rights, Health Care, Housing
Acronym or short name: PILP

Since 1996, PILP has provided crucial litigation and advocacy support to local legal services and public interest law programs throughout California. Responding to the elimination of federal funding for state and national legal services support centers, PILP was established to ensure that local legal services programs could continue to participate in major litigation and advocacy on behalf of low-income persons.

The primary purposes of PILP are to assist local legal services programs in rendering legal services to lower income persons who are financially unable to afford legal assistance, and to provide technical assistance, training, research and litigation support to public interest law programs and community based organizations on law and policy issues related to housing and community development, public benefits, health, education, welfare, and civil, consumer and economic rights.


Press Release

Low Income Residents Compel Monterey County to Follow State Law

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)
September 27, 2017
CRLA and PILP's joint lawsuit in Monterey County leads to increase in aid for poor.

News Story

East Bay Ordered to Move Quicker on Food Stamps

March 16, 2016

News Story

Alameda County sued over food stamp delays

Matthew Artz
Contra Costa Times
October 1, 2015
Plaintiffs want Alameda County to ensure that they stop continuing to process applications late.

News Story

Supreme Court ruling a win for affordable housing, San Jose

Jennifer Wadsworth
San Jose Inside
June 15, 2015

News Story

Public Interest Attorneys Ready to File Lawsuit to Block Sale of City-Owned Land

Darwin BondGraham
East Bay Express (Oakland)
June 2, 2015
As private stakeholders seek to move forward with controversial residential development project, civil legal aid organizations threaten lawsuit to force compliance with affordable housing regulations.


Disability Considerations in Coordinated Entry and Homelessness Advocacy

May 2, 2019
This is a substantive, skills-based training on the disability rights of homeless or housing insecure people with disabilities applying for housing and services through county coordinated entry systems (CES).
(Elimination of Bias)

Reviewing County GA GR Benefit Regulations: How to Assess if your County is Complying

Jun 11, 2019
General Assistance/Relief (GA/GR) is a state-mandated, county-funded benefit for persons who are not eligible for any other cash aid. Each county administers its program a little differently, and many counties throughout California are not in compliance with the law. This webinar is designed to give you practical tips for reviewing a County's GA/GR regulations, as well as strategies for improving the County's program. Our goal is to conduct a review of all of the counties' rules so we can develop a statewide picture of how the program is working for persons throughout California.
MCLE: 1 hour

California General Assistance / General Relief

Oct 17, 2019
This training will cover the legal framework and background of GA, common issues faced by GA applicants and recipients, and advocacy strategies for ensuring that clients are able to get and keep the benefits to which they are entitled.
MCLE: 1 hour

Superior Court E-filing Training and Overview

Apr 23, 2020
In light of our current State of Emergency, many Counties in California are changing their policies regarding e-filing and fax filing services. We will go over these changes, as well as provide tips and training on how to make sure your e-filed documents are accepted by the Courts.

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