HIV Services and Medical Legal Partnership
The Health and Welfare program provides legal services to people at risk of poor health due to poverty and other destabilizing social conditions. We provide dedicated services to people living with HIV/AIDS, including free legal advice and representation on:
- Appeals for denied, terminated or reduced public benefits, for example SSI/SSDI, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Medi-Cal, General Assistance, CalWORKS and CalFresh.
- Housing matters including eviction prevention, habitability violations, rent increases, subsidized housing appeals, and requests for reasonable accommodations
- Simple wills and advance health care directives
- Additional legal matters where we can provide information or referrals, including eviction defense, consumer justice, immigration, and family law.
We also have medical-legal partnership with our partners at Highland Hospital and other community health organizations. Please note that you cannot apply for these services directly and we only accept new cases by referral from one of our medical partners.
How to Access our Services
If you require legal services from our HIV/AIDS law program, please call (510) 548-4040 and leave a message for the Health, HIV and Medical team. Clearly state your full name, your phone number, and a brief description of your issue.
Eligibility for Services
We will determine your eligibility for services after we have completed an intake assessment. In general, our HIV/AIDS law services are available to people who have an HIV/AIDS diagnosis (or care for someone with a diagnosis), live in Alameda or Contra Costa County, and meet our income eligibility requirements.
For information about other service providers who may be able to help with your issue, please see our Health and Welfare referrals page.