COVID-19 RESPONSE & UPDATES:
Inner City Law Center continues to serve our clients through these difficult and challenging times. In order to keep our clients and staff safe and help slow the spread of this virus:
Our Skid Row and Downtown LA offices are closed to the public until further notice. While most ICLC attorneys, paralegals, and staff members will be working remotely, we remain unwavering in our commitment to fighting for housing and justice.
If you are an existing client, please contact your ICLC attorney or paralegal directly or dial our main line at (213) 891-2880, select the extension of the attorney or paralegal that is helping you with your case, and leave a voice message.
For clients who need to drop off or sign documents, or with whom we need to meet in person, please contact your ICLC attorney or paralegal before visiting the office.
ICLC will continue to be available and responsive to our clients and will continue to advocate on your behalf as long as the courts and government agencies remain open. We will continue monitoring the situation involving COVID-19 and may make additional adjustments to our operations. Any updates will be posted here.
|If you are an existing client, please dial our main line at (213) 891-2880, dial the extension of the attorney or paralegal who is helping you with your case, and leave a voice message.
If you are in need of legal assistance, please dial our main line at (213) 891-2880 and dial 0 to leave a voice message in our general voicemail box. We will make every effort to return your call within 24-48 hours.
In addition to continuing to serve our clients, ICLC is increasing our policy advocacy on behalf of the enormous number of people whose health, housing, and economic well-being are seriously at risk:
• ICLC’s policy team, along with the “No Place To Go” Central Los Angeles Providers Collaborative, issued a press advisory on March 13, 2020, underscoring the immediate need for more robust sanitation facilities in Skid Row and homeless encampments throughout the County.
• ICLC joined forces with Shower of Hope to promote specific policy changes to protect Angelenos on the streets or on the verge of experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.
• ICLC has signed on in support of the public health recommendations of the Services Not Sweeps coalition to protect homeless communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
• In partnership with Western Center on Law and Poverty and Housing Now!, ICLC is calling for a clear and unambiguous moratorium on evictions in California. We need a statewide moratorium on eviction filings, except for those required for public safety. Similarly, there should be a statewide moratorium on foreclosures. During this crisis, unpaid rent and mortgage payments should be treated as consumer debt and be pursued as such rather than as a basis for eviction or foreclosure. No one deserves to be evicted from their home during this pandemic.
• Inner City Law Center has pulled together an important memo covering the most recent actions taken to limit evictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most eviction actions in Los Angeles will be placed on hold or stayed until at least April 17, 2020. The statutory five-day period for renters has also changed – renters now have until at least April 17, 2020 to respond to an eviction. This does not mean that tenants should wait until April 17 to seek help with eviction matters. It’s crucial to GET HELP NOW from a trusted legal aid attorney.
Please check back here for updates and more information.