The efforts of students in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and the WilmerHale Legal Services Center to keep Boston residents in their homes after foreclosure were recently featured in a major story on the PBS NewsHour.
Students in Project No One Leaves, which provides legal aid to tenants and homeowners facing eviction, were highlighted along with HLAB Director and Clinical Professor David Grossman, for their innovative work advising tenants of legal rights and remedies to help stave off impending foreclosures.
“We get the listings, because it’s public record, of every upcoming foreclosure auction. And we head out and knock on doors”, said Grossman. “We’re building a real movement.”
A follow-up installment in the NewsHour’s ongoing series on the mortgage crisis focused on an innovative program created by the students and a community group, City Life Vida Urbana, which helps tenants and homeowners buy back their foreclosed-on homes at affordable prices. Because of these efforts by HLS students, Boston leads the nation in keeping tenants and owners in their homes despite foreclosures.