The Director of the Gray Panthers pens a letter to the Berkeley Law Foundation in support of THC’s campaign to hire a full-time attorney.
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Gray Panthers of San Francisco
944 Market St. #809
San Francisco, CA 94102
December 21, 1981
To: Berkeley Law Foundation
I’m writing to support the proposal made to you by Mr. Randy Shaw. Tenderloin residents, particularly those living in residential hotels, have an urgent need for competent legal advice, assistance, and education. The Tenderloin Housing Clinic, directed by Randy Shaw and relying exclusively on lay volunteers, has been of immeasurable value in partially meeting the legal needs of the people of this neighborhood. With cutbacks in federally-funded legal services now in effect, the need to add a paid attorney to the clinic to provide legal advice and representation is pressing. While Legal Assistance to the Elderly serves some elderly residents of the Tenderloin, non-senior tenants in the neighborhood are almost completely without affordable legal aid.
I’m especially pleased that it is Randy Shaw who has submitted this proposal. Randy is both well-liked and well-respected here at the Gray Panthers. He is a longtime member of our Housing Committee and has worked diligently with us on a number of important housing issues, including our major efforts to ease the impact of hotel conversions and construction on the Tenderloin housing stock.
Randy is also known and trusted throughout the Tenderloin community, the result of his outstanding work with the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Support for his proposal would allow him and the Clinic to continue to provide their invaluable services to a neighborhood that desperately needs them.
Thank you for your consideration.