Health and Welfare Services

The Health & Welfare Program provides critical legal services to Alameda County residents who are at risk of poor health outcomes due to poverty, unsafe living conditions, homelessness, inadequate health care coverage and other destabilizing social conditions. The program provides legal services to clients through the following three projects:

HIV/AIDS Law Project provides legal services including:

  • Appeals of denied, terminated or reduced public income benefits, including SSI/SSDI; CAPI; State Disability; General Assistance, Cal Works, Cal Fresh, etc.
  • Appeals of denied, terminated or reduced public health care benefits, including Medi-Cal, Medicare and In Home Supportive Services
  • Post-entitlement benefits advocacy on issues including overpayments, continuing disability reviews, and payee issues
  • Pre-litigation housing matters including eviction prevention, habitability violations, rent increases, subsidized housing appeals, requests for reasonable accommodation
  • Simple wills and advance health care directives
  • Brief advice and referrals to other EBCLC advocates or legal resources for additional legal matters, including eviction defense, consumer justice, immigration, family law, etc.

The Public Benefits & Justice Project provides limited-scope assistance with public income and health benefits issues, including:

  • Appeals of denied, terminated or reduced public income benefits, including SSI/SSDI; CAPI; State Disability; General Assistance, Cal Works, Cal Fresh, etc.
  • Appeals of denied, terminated or reduced public health benefits, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, and In Home Supportive Services
  • Post-entitlement benefits advocacy on issues including overpayments, continuing disability reviews and payee issues

The Medical-Legal Partnership Project provides legal services including:

  • Appeals of denied, terminated or reduced public income benefits, including SSI/SSDI; CAPI; State Disability; General Assistance, Cal Works, Cal Fresh, etc.
  • Appeals of denied, terminated or reduced public health care benefits, including Medi-Cal, Medicare and In Home Supportive Services
  • Post-entitlement benefits advocacy on issues including overpayments, continuing disability reviews, and payee issues
  • Pre-litigation housing matters including eviction prevention, habitability violations, rent increases, subsidized housing appeals, requests for reasonable accommodation
  • Simple wills and advance health care directives
  • Brief advice and referrals to other EBCLC advocates or legal resources for additional legal matters, including eviction defense, consumer justice, immigration, family law, etc.

The Name & Gender Change Workshop provides legal assistance including:

  • Filling out and filing paperwork for court-ordered name and/or gender marker changes
  • Navigating the process to affirm identities on forms of identification, such as driver’s licenses, passports, Social Security cards, USCIS documents, birth certificates etc.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Wednesday, July 20th  from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at EBCLC’s Adeline office (2921 Adeline St. in Berkeley, 1 block from Ashby BART)
  • Wednesday, July 18th  from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at EBCLC’s Adeline office (2921 Adeline St. in Berkeley, 1 block from Ashby BART)

*We strongly encourage everyone to email ngwberkeley@gmail.com or call 510-560-4213 to sign up for the Name & Gender Change Workshop so that we can have adequate support at the time of the clinic.

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