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Clean Slate Program To Bring Free Legal Services To San Rafael Canal Area

June 10, 2024

ByBay City News Service | SF GATE

Canal Alliance Education Celebration

Several Marin County departments are offering free, walk-up legal assistance for residents in San Rafael’s Canal Area neighborhood this month as part of their Clean Slate Program, according to the county.

Departments will offer services like helping residents clear criminal records, terminate probation, dismiss a conviction and assist with access to public benefits like Medi-Cal, CalFresh food assistance, CalWORKS services, coordinated entry, and general housing or financial relief for families.

Participating departments will include the Public Defender’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Probation Department, Child Support Services and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The program aims to remove barriers to self-sufficiency to help residents to succeed, according to the county. The Clean Slate Program partners with nonprofits like Canal Alliance, Legal Aid of Marin, Community Action Marin, Golden Gate Transit, Marin Adult Education, and OD Free Marin.

The county is asking that residents in need of legal help bring all relevant documents with them, including past correspondence.

The event will be held from 3:30 p.m. through 6 p.m. on June 20 at the picnic area of Pickleweed Park, located at 50 Canal Street in San Rafael. Services will be available in English and Spanish.

Questions about the event related to legal services should be addressed to the Public Defender’s Office at (415) 473-6321. Health-related questions can be directed to Health and Human Services at (415) 473-3350.

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