Legal Services of Northern California has several programs that aim to protect the dignity, independence, safety, and economic stability of the seniors and dependents they serve.
Established in 1991, Senior Legal Hotline (SLH) is a special program of the nonprofit legal aid Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC). At first, SLH served only seniors living in Sacramento and two nearby counties. In 1994, it expanded to cover 39 counties in Northern California, and 10 years later it went statewide. At its peak, SLH handled about 10,000 cases a year, more than any other senior legal helpline in the country. Like many nonprofits, SLH has faced severe budget shortfalls in recent years. As the state and federal funding that once supported legal help on any topic dried up, SLH has turned more to grants focused on particular services, but still provides general legal advice to seniors who live in Sacramento County.
The Senior Legal Hotline is funded by the Administration on Aging, Area 4 Agency on Aging, Sacramento Employment Training Agency, as well as the Sacramento County Dispute Resolution Program.
The Senior Legal Hotline is a program of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), a nonprofit legal aid program offering civil legal assistance and representation in certain types of cases to low-income people of any age in 23 Northern California counties. Several LSNC offices provide consultations, in-person or by telephone, on a wide range of legal issues affecting people age 60 or older. The Auburn, Chico, Eureka, Redding, Sacramento, Ukiah, Vallejo and Woodland offices provide both in-person and telephone assistance for clients in their respective county service areas.
Special programs within Legal Services of Northern California that specifically help seniors include:
HICAP Services of Northern California (HICAP) – provides Medicare beneficiaries and interested persons professional, accurate, quality information and resources through individual counseling, community education and advocacy services. How to contact the HICAP program.
LSNC Health Rights – provides free assistance and information about your rights in health care. It serves residents of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties in California. How to contact LSNC Health Rights.
Ombudsman Services of Northern California (OSNC) – provides advocacy services for residents in long-term care facilities in the counties of Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sutter, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba. How to contact the Ombudsman program.