AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) has partnered with San Francisco AIDS Foundation to offer free legal help to clients on a drop-in basis twice a month, on the first and last Friday of the month. ALRP provides free civil or legal (not criminal) help for people who self-identify as living with HIV. There is no proof of income or letter of diagnosis needed to access services, and ALRP provides services to people living in San Francisco as well as the six surrounding Bay Area counties.
Brandon Lawrence, an attorney for ALRP, encouraged foundation clients to seek advice from ALRP for issues—even if they’re not sure if the issue qualifies as a “legal” issue.
“We can help with consumer issues,” he said. “For instance, we can help people if they get a notice from the city. Or a ticket for a fare violation from MUNI that that they want to dispute. We can help clients navigate through that process.”
Most often, ALRP helps clients access public benefits or with insurance issues, with housing rights and to fight evictions, and to create living wills or other healthcare directives. All services that ALRP provides in-house are free. If ALRP provides a referral to another law firm that specializes in a certain type of law (e.g., tax law), those services may be free or provided on a sliding scale.
Upcoming ALRP drop-in sessions will be held:
Friday, September 30, 2016 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Strut (3rd floor);
Friday, October 7, 2016 from 1 pm to 3 pm at 1035 Market Street (4th floor); and,
Friday, October 28, 2016 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Strut (3rd floor).
San Francisco AIDS Foundation is located at 1035 Market Street, Suite 400. Strut is located at 470 Castro Street. Find more information about the services provided by ALRP.
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