Free Public Counsel targeting homeless prevention/tenant rights. An on-site Public Counsel attorney provides FamilySource Center clients with legal assistance and referrals on such topics as: At-risk family services and benefits advocacyHelping low-income families access tax credits; Immigrants’ Rights; Expungements; Landlord/tenant disputes; Wage garnishments; Traffic tickets; Bankruptcy (Referal); Consumer Advocacy; Education Rights; Foster Youth Advocacy; Minors and the Law; Immigration issues; and Homeless Court.
The program is for community residents who need extra help to stabilize their lives. When a potential client approaches us for help, the first step is to identify strengths and needs and to create a plan that will help get them on track.
Special Service for Groups, Trauma Recovery Center is a program under the division of the Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS). The Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) is a community based service offering Los Angeles County and surrounding cities trauma-informed, comprehensive treatment, and resources for victims, witnesses, and derivatives of crime. TRC differs from other agencies in that we focus specifically on victims, derivatives, and witnesses of a crime providing brief treatment, one to one support, and system navigation.
Services at the centers include comprehensive case management, individual and family counseling and mental health therapy, job development and placement, legal help, transportation help, medical help, children’s programs, legal help, job development and placement, help with utility bills (LIHEAP) and access to other appropriate programs in our organization and with other community agencies.
We use transformative justice and community intervention/peace building, FREE LA High School, know your rights, legal defense, and police and court monitoring to “starve the beast” – promoting safety in our schools, homes and neighborhoods without relying on law enforcement and lock-ups, preventing system contact, and pulling people out of the system. We use direct action organizing, advocacy, political education, and activist arts to agitate, expose, and pressure the people in charge in order to upset power and bring about change.