Closing the Justice Gap

Civil legal representation is expensive. Even basic legal services cost thousands of dollars. If you are struggling to pay rent, […more…]

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County

Anyone who has ever watched a police drama on television in the last 50 years is familiar with the fact […more…]

Legal Aid Assists Struggling Homeowners with Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Relief 

Across the county, financial hardships have either been created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For homeowners who experienced reductions […more…]

Tipping the Scales of Justice

California’s rental assistance program is designed to pay 100 percent of past-due rent, providing sorely needed relief to income-eligible renters […more…]

Legal Aid Foundation

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Executive Director: Jennifer R. Smith


Our mission is to provide high-quality civil legal services to low-income and other vulnerable residents in order to ensure equal access to justice. We change lives through direct representation, legal advice and information, and community education.

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I am extremely appreciative of the help I received from the Legal Aid Foundation. They were thorough, assuring, and knowledgeable during a very uncertain time when I lacked the resources to otherwise receive a reasonable outcome with the housing crisis I faced.
Homelessness Prevention Client

Help Bridge the Gap

Despite the growth of the foundation, more resources are needed. The State Bar of California estimates an additional 9,000 full-time legal aid lawyers are needed to address the justice gap in the state. Santa Barbara County is no exception. In fact, the Legal Aid Foundation is seeking an additional attorney to help meet the growing needs of the Family Violence Prevention program.  

The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County seeks donations to help close the justice gap between the most vulnerable people and the rest of society. Donations help pay the costs to represent clients, and provide programs that prevent violence, protect the elderly, assist the poor, and help the disabled.

Key Supporters

In Memory of D. William (Bill) Wagner
Alan Blakeboro
Susan Thompson
Crystal Forsher
Julianna Malis
Jena Acos
Saji Dias Gunawardane
Tim Harrington
Wendy Kosche
Alexander Saunders
Becky Steiger
Garry Tetalman
State Bar of California
California Judicial Council
California Access to
Justice Commission
California Governor’s Office of
Emergency Services,
Victim Services Branch
Hutton Parker Foundation
Yardi Systems