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Housing Rights

Team

Arianna Cook-Thajudeen

Arianna Cook-Thajudeen

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Arianna Cook-Thajudeen

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Arianna Cook-Thajudeen is a staff attorney with the Housing Rights Program at Advancing Justice–ALC. In her previous role at the National Housing Law Project (NHLP), Arianna was a legal fellow focusing on the housing rights of immigrants. Her fellowship project centered on the intersection between immigrant rights, the housing protections under the Violence Against Women Act, and the impact of nuisance and crime-free ordinances on marginalized groups of people. While in law school, she externed at Indiana Legal Services and was a summer clerk at NHLP during her fellowship from the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Arianna graduated from Vassar College in 2011 and Notre Dame Law School in 2018.

Lolita Fernandes

Lolita Fernandes

Program Manager and Staff Attorney, Housing Rights

Lolita Fernandes

Program Manager and Staff Attorney, Housing Rights

Lolita Fernandes is Staff Attorney and Program Manager of the Housing Rights program at ALC. Prior to joining ALC, Lolita worked at Bay Area Legal Aid as a Senior Staff Attorney in their Housing Preservation team that focused on the representation of subsidized housing tenants in unlawful detainer actions and administrative hearings. Lolita has provided trainings for law students, attorneys and housing providers in topics like eviction defense, and VAWA protections for survivors.

Lolita began her legal education in India and immigrated to the United States in 2010 and completed her LL.M. at the University of Southern California. Lolita then served several years as volunteer counsel with legal aid nonprofits before joining the Eviction Defense Collaborative as a Staff Attorney. She received the 2012 volunteer of the year award from Eviction Defense Collaborative and the 2016 pro-bono attorney of the year award from the California State Bar for providing direct legal services to low-income tenants in SF.

Tiffany L. Hickey

Tiffany L. Hickey

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Tiffany L. Hickey

Staff Attorney, Housing Rights Program

Tiffany Hickey is a staff attorney with the Housing Rights program at Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus. Tiffany joined ALC amid the COVID-19 pandemic, advocating for tenants’ rights and stronger protections against further displacement of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Prior to joining ALC, Tiffany represented subsidized housing tenants and SSI/SSDI claimants at Bay Area Legal Aid. She was actively involved in housing policy advocacy at local, state, and federal levels. Additionally she coordinated the law clerk program – creating training programs and supporting the supervision of law students in all practice areas.

Tiffany has been a passionate advocate for social justice before and during her legal career. She graduated from the University Of San Francisco School Of Law in 2013 and the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action at Saint Mary’s College of California awarded her the Engaged SMC Alumnus Award in 2015. During law school, Tiffany advocated for the rights of children in detention through a position with UNICEF in the Kingdom of Cambodia and acted as Executive Editor of a social justice law journal.

Our Focus

Home is the place where we lay our heads down at night, find comfort, and care for our loved ones. We provide culturally and linguistically competent assistance to low-income tenants and defend the rights of San Francisco tenants, many of whom are from immigrant communities, seniors, or living with disabilities.

We advocate for local and state policies that preserve housing, create affordable housing options, and decrease inequities in housing and land use. We also engage in community education and outreach.

A woman in a blazer holds a microphone in front of people holding signs. One sign reads "Chinatown is my home"

Legal Help for San Francisco Tenants

If you’re facing eviction, accumulated rent debt due to COVID-19, or other housing problems in San Francisco, we are here for you. Get help now.

Our Work

Guides & Reports

San Francisco Senior Rights Bulletin

We publish a bulletin on tenants’ rights and other issues to help older San Francisco tenants understand and assert their rights. Read the bulletin in Chinese, English, and Spanish.

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Perspective

Chinatown Tenants Take On Landlord Harassment

Going all the way back to the 1970s, we’ve represented San Francisco Chinatown tenants in major cases against racial profiling, unconstitutional arrests, and illegal landlord harassment.

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Guides & Reports

Know Your Rights: Answers to Frequently Asked Tenant Questions