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Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County. Equal Access to Justice. Our Mission. Our Mission is to ensure that low-income people and seniors have access to the civil justice system - to secure safe shelter, adequate income, and protection from domestic violence and elder abuse.

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our mission
Our Mission
  • Our Mission is to ensure that low-income people and seniors have access to the civil justice system -
  • to secure safe shelter,
  • adequate income,
  • and protection from domestic violence and elder abuse.
primary services
Primary Services
  • Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders
  • Housing Discrimination, Habitability and Eviction Defense
  • Social Security, SSI and Public Benefits Eligibility Appeals
other services
Other Services
  • Legal Resource Centers
  • Telecom Rights Campaign
  • Consumer Debt Clinic
  • Project Outreach
  • Senior Outreach
  • Advance Health Care Directives
protection from abuse
Protection from Abuse
  • One Client’s Story
    • Our client was a Santa Barbara mother with 2 teenage girls, ages 12 and 16.
    • Her ex-husband had been convicted and imprisoned for sexually molesting his older daughter.
    • The mother came to Legal Aid after her ex-husband attempted to contact the older daughter by having his sister forward her a letter.
protection from abuse6
Protection from Abuse
  • How Did Legal Aid Help?
    • Our client was frightened because her ex-husband had been released from prison and the Restraining Order she had obtained when the abuse was discovered had expired.
    • Legal Aid helped the woman renew the Restraining Order for another 3 years.
legal help for seniors
Legal Help for Seniors
  • One Client’s Story
    • Our client was an elderly Lompoc woman whose home was being seized by the Sheriff because of a debt her deceased husband had neglected to pay several years earlier.
    • The value of her home was far greater than the amount of the debt.
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Legal Help for Seniors
  • How Did Legal Aid Help?
    • Legal Aid negotiated an agreement with the creditor’s attorney.
    • The creditor agreed to postpone collection of the debt during the woman’s lifetime.
    • Our client can now remain in her home.
protecting the disabled
Protecting the Disabled
  • One Client’s Story
    • Our client was an elderly, slightly developmentally disabled, monolingual Spanish-speaking Santa Maria couple.
    • They were being evicted from the home they had rented for 20 years because they used their rent money to pay for a family member’s funeral and repair their only vehicle.
protecting the disabled10
Protecting the Disabled
  • How Did Legal Aid Help?
    • Legal Aid contacted Adult Protective Services and secured funds to pay off a portion of the past due rent.
    • Legal Aid then negotiated an agreement with the landlord that allowed the couple to make monthly payments over a 1 year period to pay off the remainder of the past due rent.
    • Legal Aid also worked with APS to set up a payee account for future rent payments so the couple’s home will not be jeopardized in the future.
preventing homelessness
Preventing Homelessness
  • One Client’s Story
    • Our client was a mildly mentally disabled Santa Barbara woman who had been ordered to vacate her apartment while plumbing repairs were being made.
    • Unable to afford a motel and unaware that the property manager was violating her rights, the woman took her pet cockatiels and started sleeping in the park.
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Preventing Homelessness
  • How Did Legal Aid Help?
    • Because the weather was exceptionally hot at the time, the woman’s pet birds began to suffer; when she sought help for the birds she was referred to Legal Aid.
    • Legal Aid informed the property manager that his actions were illegal.
    • Legal Aid called the police and arranged for officers to escort our client and her pet birds back to her apartment.
other help with housing
Other Help with Housing
  • Fair Housing Advocacy
    • Rental property testing.
  • Health and Safety Code Enforcement
    • Working with code enforcement.
unmet needs
Unmet Needs
  • Family Law
    • Contested divorces
    • Custody and property disputes
    • Guardianship applications
  • Consumer Law
    • Auto loan repossessions
    • Credit report corrections
    • Wage garnishments
volunteer opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Project Outreach
  • Senior Outreach
  • Legal Resource Centers
  • DVRO Clinics
  • Consumer Debt Clinic
  • Internships
  • Fundraising Committees
  • Board of Directors
how to support legal aid
How to Support Legal Aid
  • Special Event Sponsorship
  • “Justice for All” Fund
  • Monthly Pledge
  • House Parties
  • Cy Pres Awards
  • Annual Auction
  • Endowment Gift
  • Bequest
attorneys advocates
Attorneys & Advocates
  • Yvonne Cudney, Director of Litigation
  • Ellen Goodstein, Program Director
  • Alex Lambrous, Santa Barbara
  • Robert Test, Lompoc (starts 1/4/06)
  • Jane Wierda, Santa Barbara LRC
  • Diamond Tran, Santa Maria LRC
  • Elizabeth Diaz, DVRO Coordinator
support staff
Support Staff
  • Claire Magee, Paralegal
  • Corine Greensky, Intake Coordinator
  • Maribel Aguilera, Intake Coordinator
  • Mari Estrada, Office Manager
  • Jennifer Ohlmacher, Development
  • Audrie Krause, Executive Director
board of directors
Board of Directors
  • Officers
    • Philip Sinco, President
    • Garry Tetalman, President-Elect
    • David Thurber, Vice President
    • Molora Vadnais, Secretary
    • Barbara Tzur, Treasurer
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Board of Directors
  • Members
    • Tim Allison
    • Yvette Andrade
    • James Cordes
    • Allan Ghitterman
    • David Landecker
    • Jennifer Raphael
where to find us
Where to Find Us
  • Offices
    • Santa Barbara:
      • 301 E. Canon Perdido St.
    • Santa Maria:
      • 301 S. Miller St., Ste. 116
    • Lompoc:
      • 106 S. “C” St., Ste. A
where to find us25
Where to Find Us
  • Legal Resource Centers
    • Santa Barbara Courthouse
      • McMahon Law Library
      • 1100 Anapamu St.
    • Santa Maria Courthouse
      • Santa Maria Law Library
      • 312-C E. Cook St.
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Where to Find Us
  • Project Outreach (weekly, drop-in)
    • Tuesday: Franklin Community Center, SB
    • Wednesday: Goleta Community Center
    • Thursday: Westside Community Center, SB
  • Senior Outreach (monthly, appointment)
    • Carpinteria Senior Center
    • Goleta Senior Center
    • Lompoc Senior Center
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Where to Find Us
  • Domestic Violence Clinics
    • Santa Barbara Office
    • Santa Maria Legal Resource Center
  • Consumer Debt Clinic
    • Santa Barbara Legal Resource Center
equal access to justice
Equal Access to Justice
  • The Legal Aid Foundation

of Santa Barbara County

  • Thank You!