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Timothy’s Story

  Western Center filed a case against the City of Costa Mesa, fighting an ordinance that prohibits low-income residents from living in motels for more than 30 days—practically the only affordable housing in the city! “This motel is home to 68 long-term residents including many families with children that would otherwise be living on the […]

Shulora’s Story

  Western Center advocates worked closely with Governor Brown to restore driving privileges for hundreds of thousands affected by license suspensions due to unpaid court debt. We also worked with Senator Hertzberg to craft and pass SB 405, ending traffic court procedures requiring full bail payments to contest a ticket. “Not being able to drive kept […]

Stephanie’s Story

It was September of 2012 and Stephanie was living on the streets for the first time in her life. She just found out she was pregnant after she and her boyfriend both lost their fast food jobs. Stephanie sought help through legal aid, but found she would not be eligible for benefits through the county […]

Rosie’s Story

Rosie was born in Southern California to an abusive father and a mother with severe mental illness. She was given narcotics as a young child by a relative charged with caring for her, but instead robbed her of her innocence. He was later arrested for the child pornography photos he took of Rosie. By the […]

Oliver’s Story

When health care reform became a reality in January 2014, millions of Californians sought to enroll in Medi-Cal. Unfortunately, the applications for hundreds of thousands of eligible applicants were filed and were not processed, some for nearly a year, leaving families and individuals in medical limbo. Oliver is one of them. As a married father […]

Amaranda’s Story

Amaranda, a single mother of two boys, worked cleaning houses to give her kids safe and stable housing and better opportunities. She used all of her savings to purchase a mobile home and signed a 25-year site lease, written in English legalese, with Bayshore Villa Mobile Home Park. Speaking to Amaranda in Spanish, her native […]