BASTA, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA   |  basta.org

Mission

BASTA has focused its mission on helping tenants in the County of Los Angeles who are low-income, elderly, and disenfranchised, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, or anything else. Among other areas of activism, BASTA provides educational services and advocacy on housing issues as well as legal counsel and trial representation to defend tenants (often in rent-controlled properties) suffering through eviction.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Daniel Bramzon

Main address

2500 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1050

Los Angeles, CA 90057 USA

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EIN

42-1688855

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION

Tenants fortunate enough to afford legal representation have a far greater chance of successfully upholding their rights and defeating an eviction. BASTA saves over 1,000 families a year, who might otherwise go unrepresented, from eviction and homelessness every year. We are well known for providing these families with due process and resurrecting their right to a jury trial in eviction cases, which increase the chances of a tenant successfully fighting an eviction.

Population(s) Served

Each year, illness affects an estimated 48,000 people living in slum conditions. Exposure to mold, rats, roaches, and bedbugs (chinches) can devastate a person’s health, causing illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, rashes, etc. BASTA forces slumlords to repair their buildings or sell them to responsible landlords, as well as pay compensatory damages to low-income tenants who suffer under slum conditions. In the past 5 years, BASTA has obtained more than $5,000,000 on behalf of over 300 families.

Population(s) Served

To the extent it is available, BASTA assists displaced tenants (whether eviction, fire, or other causes) obtain financial assistance for rental subsidies, moving expenses, and/or general relocation help. In certain situations, BASTA has itself provided such help to displaced tenants.

Population(s) Served

BASTA advocates before state and local governments for strengthening the laws that protect tenants and improve apartment conditions throughout Los Angeles.

Population(s) Served

BASTA provides education outreach and financial counseling to help tenants understand the root causes of eviction and homelessness, as well as their rights as tenants under local rent control ordinances and state law.

Population(s) Served

BASTA assists its clients in becoming productive members of society through a variety of social, cultural and educational activities.

Population(s) Served

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BASTA, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/5/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Bramzon