NOTE | The Legal Self-Help Center also assists landlords in lawfully evicting tenants. Both evictees and landlords stand in line together at the courthouse, side-by-side, waiting for the free service provided there on any given day.
Okay, just kidding. Rather, I’m soliciting other charitable organizations that provide eviction-related legal services to low-income residents of Santa Clara County for referrals. My first such solicitation, of all places, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley:
|My e-mail solicitation for referrals from the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley|
There’s been no response yet (like, “Thanks for your inquiry; we’ll review your request and get back to you.”); but, I don’t really expect one. This town really isn’t about charity. Anyone who actually provides a charity (i.e., no-cost, no-reimbursement service to those in need) is suspect to them, as San Jose did not become the richest city in America by giving anything away to anybody for free without taking something from somebody else. Most likely, it’ll be ignored, and any further attempts at contact will be considered harassment.
Incomplete and untimely service
Although not specifically mentioned in the e-mail, the service provided by the Law Foundation is not only non-comprehensive, but also untimely, in that an “eviction clinic” is hosted one day a week only (on Fridays, no less). That could preclude (or greatly hinder) meeting the five-day deadline for filing a response to an unlawful detainer complaint.
I doubt even a draft answer to a complaint is provided at these clinics, so a follow-up appointment would have to be scheduled. I don’t see how their service is beneficial to anyone, but perhaps it is.