Homeowners facing foreclosure can receive free legal help thanks to a new program launched by the Washington State Bar Association. The Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project is a statewide service effort to provie legal advice and representation to low- and moderate-income Washingtonians struggling with the possibility of losing their homes. By partnering with the not-for-profit organization Northwest Justice Project, the bar association will recruit and train lawyers across the state in pro bono service delivery.
Homeowners in need of help who are unable to afford a lawyer can sign up by calling 1-877-894-HOME (4663). In addition to self-referrals, counselors at the statewide network of housing counseling agencies will also direct clients to the project.
"The threat of losing one's home is one of the most frightening crises a family can face," said Attorney General McKenna. "While state attorneys general have come together to negotiate settlements with major lenders requiring loan modification programs and other remedies, many homeowners still find themselves in need of legal assistance when it comes to saving their homes. That's why the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project is so important — and that's why I'm proud to encourage the attorneys in my office to serve their communities through this project."
The project also has the support of Governor Chris Gregoire and Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, who spoke at a press conference Wednesday. For additional resources to help those facing foreclosure, see our Web site at www.atg.wa.gov/foreclosure.aspx.