Saving Homes, One Family at a Time

Drop-in Clinic

Monday – Friday
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The EDC is usually closed the first Friday afternoon of each month and all court holidays.

RADCo is closed on Thursday mornings until further notice.

Eviction Defense Collaborative
995 Market Street #1200
San Francisco, CA 94103


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EDC Wins Another Trial, Fights Tenant Displacement

SAN FRANCISCO – The Eviction Defense Collaborative (“EDC”) - San Francisco’s primary eviction defense legal services agency - prevailed in its third jury trial victory since July 2013 when the verdict was announced on May 14. The win preserves the long-term home of a Spanish-speaking family that has lived in the Mission District for the past 19 years. The landlord accused them of not paying their rent - even though family repeatedly tried to pay the rent at issue. Their young children – who attend the local public schools and are intimately involved in their neighborhood community - have lived with rats and damaged flooring for years.

EDC’s lead trial counsel on the case, Deepa Varma, said “the jury didn’t want to evict this family once they found out about the deplorable conditions these kids were living in – no one should have to live like that.” The family was emotional after hearing the verdict. They said they didn’t know what they would have done if they were evicted. In this climate of rising rents and San Francisco’s affordability crisis, EDC is proud to stand with and fight for individuals and families who may not otherwise receive legal representation – typically 90% of tenants face their fast-paced eviction case without an attorney, representing themselves. If you would like more information about the EDC or want to donate/get involved, please visit our website at

Eviction Defense Collaborative’s Inaugural Eviction Report

This report on formal eviction activity throughout the city presents a sobering snapshot of the citywide impact that eviction activity has on our neighborhoods, particularly San Francisco’s black community. As we share this impact, we hope that you will engage in conversation with us about the changes currently facing San Francisco. Help us spread the word as we work to protect the diversity of this unique city!

Read the report (PDF)

Thank you for joining EDC at the 7th Annual Community Awards!

Photographs by Christopher Michael Garcia

On September 26th, the Eviction Defense Collaborative celebrated its 7th Annual Community Awards event at the beautiful offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. EDC was privileged to honor Tenants Together with the Miguel Wooding Lifetime Achievement Award, Kathi Pugh and the Pro Bono Team at Morrison Foerster with the Advocate of the Year Award, and Jason Truong with the Volunteer of the Year Award. These organizations and individuals are a shining example of what's possible in the world of tenants rights advocacy.

We were honored to have State Senator Mark Leno join us to present the award to Tenants Together, and a representative from Assembly Member Tom Ammiano's office in attendance. Thank you to the generous sponsors of the event and EDC's many supporters!

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EDC Fills Major Gap in Legal Services

The EDC is thrilled to announce its new Trial Project. This vital service, which began December 2012, will fill a significant deficiency in San Francisco’s eviction defense model, meeting the needs of tenants at this most vulnerable stage in the eviction process. Previously, tenants who did not settle their cases at the court mandated settlement conference had extremely limited access to trial attorneys and the majority were unrepresented. With this new project, we will review all unsettled cases, identify needed legal and factual research, attempt to place cases for referral when possible, and represent tenants at trial. Our attorneys know the cases and the tenants, we feel comfortable negotiating on the eve of trial, and we have experience working with tenants in crisis. This means that tenants will now have strong allies at one of the most important phases in a case and, as a byproduct, negotiation at court mandated settlement conferences can be more even-handed.

Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance
The Eviction Defense Collaborative provides counseling and legal help to tenants during the eviction process. Programs include preparing a response to the lawsuit, limited representation at the settlement conference, and preparation of requests for delays of the sheriff's eviction.

Rental Assistance

Rental Assistance
The Rental Assistance Program provides one-time, no-interest loans to tenants at risk of losing their residence and becoming homeless. Follow the link for more information on who we help, how we help, and if we can help you.

Los Servicios de EDC

Los Servicios de EDC
En nuestro centro de consulta legal, nosotros proveemos información a los inquilinos sobre los derechos legales que tienen durante el proceso de desalojo, preparamos documentos para pueden responder a la demanda de desalojo, y explicamos los procedimientos que hay que seguir para poder defenderse en el tribunal.


Our award-winning internship program gives law students hands-on experience. Members of the community are also active in volunteering as Eviction Defense Advocates. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization! Join us!

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