Sacramento, CA asked in Civil Rights and Public Benefits for California

Q: Do I have a discrimination or some other kind of case?

I recently applied for a grant program in the state of California. I just received an email saying that because of the area I live in that they declined my application due to it not being a low income area. I recently lost my job and in turn lost my car. I’ve been unable to find a new job because I can’t get to interviews for jobs that are good enough for me to support my three kids and myself. Barely am able to feed us all. And oh yeah I’m about to be evicted with nowhere to go. I’m in the middle of a divorce and my unemployment was cut off because of something that I had no knowledge of happening three years ago. How am I not in poverty enough to receive this grant. Is this not discrimination when they are not picking me because of the area of Sacramento I live in

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you're facing with your grant application in California.

Grant programs often have specific criteria for eligibility, and decisions are based on those guidelines. Without reviewing the program's requirements, it's challenging to determine if discrimination has occurred.

If you believe you have experienced discrimination based on a protected characteristic, such as race or gender, consulting with an attorney specializing in discrimination law is recommended.

In the meantime, it may be helpful to explore local assistance programs for support with essential needs. Additionally, consider reaching out to legal aid organizations and career development centers in your area for further guidance.

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