Legal and Consumer Services

ADVOCACY, INC.
5274 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite 203
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
429-1913
Fax: 429-9102
www.advocacy-inc.org
Rights protection and advocacy services for residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities. Receives and investigates complaints, including reports of elder abuse in long term care facilities.

CALIFORNIA RURAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE 
21 Carr Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
724-2253
1740 17th Avenue
Santa Cruz 95062
www.crla.org
Free legal assistance for low income people under 55 years of age. (55 and over see Senior Citizens Legal Services.)
 

CALIFORNIA VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM
State Board of Control
P.O. Box 3036
Sacramento, CA 95812
1-800-777-9229
FAX: 1-866-902-8669
www.calvcpica.ca.gov
Qualifying victims may receive financial assistance for losses resulting from a crime which cannot be reimbursed by other sources.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES
Immigration Services
656 Main Street
Watsonville 95076

722-2675
422-0602 (Salinas)
Provides assistance and guidance for people seeking Legal Permanent Residency Status and citizenship. Staff includes a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative. By appointment only.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY
701 Ocean Street, Room 200
Santa Cruz 95060
454-2400
Fax: 454-2227
dainternet.co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Offers the following services:
CONSUMER FRAUD/ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION/WHITE COLLAR CRIME UNIT
454-2050
Advises consumers about bad business practices, and consumer complaints.
VICTIM-WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
454-2010
Provides various services and assistance for victims of violent crime.

LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE
425-4755
www.lawyerreferralsantacruz.org
The Santa Cruz County Bar Association will refer you to an attorney for $50, which entitles you to a consultation of up to 30 minutes.

MAKE YOUR WISHES KNOWN
430-3078
www.makingyourwishesknown.com
Volunteers provide Advance Directive Forms as well as group and individual education about planning ahead for healthcare choices.

MOBILE & MANUFACTURED
HOME COMMISSION

Santa Cruz County Counsel
701 Ocean Street, Room 30
Santa Cruz 95060
454-2772
sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/mchc/index.html
Offers information regarding the County Mobile Home Rental Adjustment Ordinance and referrals for mobile home residents.

MOBILE HOME OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE
1-888-952-5275
www.hcd.ca.gov
Call for complaints/questions about mobile home dealers, manufacturers, salesmen, mobile home parks and residency law. No fee.

NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
1-888-382-1222
www.donotcall.gov
Register all your phone numbers online or by phone if you do not wish to receive telemarketing calls. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been registered for 31 days. Registration will remain permanent.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HOUSEHOLD
HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

454-2606 press #13 at beginning of message
www.santacruzcountyrecycles.org
Comes to residence of homebound or physically unable and takes away hazardous waste for free.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY IMMIGRATION PROJECT
Community Action Board
406 Main Street, #217
Watsonville 95076
724-5667
www.cabinc.org
Immigration information and referral, INS application assistance, and information on eligibility for benefits.

SENIOR CITIZENS LEGAL SERVICES
501 Soquel Avenue, Suite F
Santa Cruz 95062
Phone: 426-8824
Fax: 426-3345
www.seniorlegal.org
114 E Fifth St
Watsonville 95076
Free legal advice and representation for seniors. Social Security, SSI, Medi-Cal, Medicare, housing, consumer, elder abuse and other types of cases. Will go to homebound seniors if necessary. 55 and younger see California Rural Legal Assistance.
 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA
1-800-927-4357
www.insurance.ca.gov
Consumer hotline receives complaints about insurance and insurance agents.

WATSONVILLE LAW CENTER
315 Main Street, Suite 207
Watsonville, CA 95076
722-2845
Fax: 761-3295
www.watsonvillelawcenter.org
Focuses on providing services related to worker’s compensation, consumer fraud matters, debt, credit and identity theft clinic, record clearance and barriers to employment for low-income people of all ages.