Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.

Housing Rights

Team

Amalia Macias-Laventure

Amalia Macias-Laventure

Community Advocate, Housing Rights

Amalia Macias-Laventure

Community Advocate, Housing Rights

Amalia Macias-Laventure (they/elle) is a Community Advocate in the Housing Rights program. They are born and raised in the Bay Area, and have been a part of housing justice movements for the past 8 years. They earned their B.A. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State, which shaped their understanding of anti-displacement, settler-colonialism, and land reform, both locally and internationally.

In their spare time, they enjoy organizing with their neighbors, community bonding through mutual aid, and spending time with their dog, Loba.

Julie Lemmer

Julie Lemmer

Senior Staff Attorney, Housing Rights

Julie Lemmer

Senior Staff Attorney, Housing Rights

Julie Lemmer is a senior staff attorney in the Housing Rights Program. Before joining ALC, Julie was a staff attorney at Legal Assistance to the Elderly where she defended senior and/or disabled tenants against eviction. Before LAE, Julie was a staff attorney at Home Base, a nonprofit dedicated to building community capacity to prevent and end homelessness. And before that, Julie spent many years as a litigation attorney in private practice. Julie earned her J.D. from Florida State University College of Law and a B.A. from Kenyon College. Before law school, Julie spent two years living, studying, and teaching in China, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria.

Shelby Nacino

Shelby Nacino

Program Manager & Staff Attorney, Housing Rights

Shelby Nacino

Program Manager & Staff Attorney, Housing Rights

Shelby Nacino is a Staff Attorney and Program Manager for the Housing Rights Program. Prior to joining ALC, Shelby was a supervising attorney at Legal Assistance to the Elderly where she represented San Francisco seniors facing eviction. While in law school, she interned at the East Bay Community Law Center and the Legal Aid Society's Harlem Community Law Offices. Shelby is committed to fighting against the displacement of low-income communities and communities of color.

Shelby received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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.

San Francisco Chinatown residents, Community Tenants Association, and staff from the Asian Law Caucus, Legal Assistance to the Elderly, and Ropes & Gray pose together for a photo celebrating the 2022 Valstock settlement. The group stands behind scrolls of Chinese calligraphy honoring the legal team,

San Francisco Chinatown residents, Community Tenants Association, Asian Law Caucus, Legal Assistance to the Elderly, and Ropes & Gray come together to celebrate their 2022 settlement with Valstock Management that protects Chinatown SRO tenants from displacement and harassment.

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

Know Your Rights: Answers to Frequently Asked Tenant Questions

News

Chinatown Tenants Win Settlement in Discrimination and Harassment Case Against Valstock Management

Chinatown tenants and the Community Tenants Association have won an unprecedented settlement that asserts their right to live peacefully in the neighborhood and buildings they call home.

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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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