Educational Institutions

BASTA, Inc.

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • basta.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION
  2. SLUM HOUSING ERADICATION
  3. RELOCATION ASSISTANCE
  4. ADVOCACY
  5. EDUCATION
  6. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Service Areas

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California

Los Angeles County.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2004

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Daniel Bramzon

Keywords

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eviction defense, homelessness prevention

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EIN

42-1688855

 Number

4771337190

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Program 1

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.

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SLUM HOUSING ERADICATION

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.

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RELOCATION ASSISTANCE

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.

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ADVOCACY

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

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EDUCATION

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.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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

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Service Areas

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California

Los Angeles County.

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BASTA, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Daniel Bramzon

BIO

Danny Bramzon, the son of a Mexican immigrant, graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School and began his legal career at the law firm now known as Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen, and Shapiro. While working at that firm, during his own free time, Danny helped the office building's custodial staff with various landlord-tenant issues.

Through those experiences, Mr. Bramzon learned that many landlords ignored state and local laws and wrongfully evicted tens of thousands of families every year and forced many other families to live in slum conditions in violation of state and local health and safety laws that causes significant health issues for the tenants. BASTA arose to remedy these injustices.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Daniel Bramzon

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