Five Legal Services and Housing Counseling Organizations Come Together to Fight for Rights of Southern California Homeowners Facing Foreclosures
The following statement is from the executive leadership of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Legal Aid Society of Orange County/ Community Legal Services and Public Counsel. The five organizations comprise the newly formed “Southern California Consumer Justice Coalition,” a collaborative partnership that will be launched with a $1.75 million grant from the California Attorney General’s Office through the $18 billion National Mortgage Settlement negotiated by Attorney General Kamala Harris and 48 other state attorneys general:
The Coalition will create a one-stop model to make access to legal services and education far easier for individuals and families impacted by the foreclosure crisis. The grant will allow the Coalition to expand the scale and nature of legal services provided currently to low income individuals and families, the elderly, and minority and other vulnerable communities. To accomplish this, the Coalition will develop an innovative, online portal for consumers that incorporates an interactive “Housing Plus Legal Risk Assessment,” provides self-help content and targeted referrals to legal and housing counseling organizations, and will be supported by Spanish and other language hotlines.
Saying that a Los Angeles County Superior Court plan to reduce the number of courts handling landlord disputes "shuts the courthouse doors on many of the county’s most vulnerable residents," several legal aid organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the court system and the state.
In the 21-page filing, the organizations said the reduction in the number of courthouses hearing such cases from 26 to five throughout the county will create difficulties for low-income tenants and people with disabilities fighting eviction.
Former Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project
Expands Services To Veterans And Their Families
Los Angeles, California - (February 5, 2013) - Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is pleased to announce the formation of the Veterans Justice Center (VJC). The VJC continues LAFLA’s commitment to veterans that began in 2000 when it formed the Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project. The focus of the newly launched VJC is to protect low-income veterans and their families and to serve clients in all civil legal areas, including government benefits, housing and eviction defense, citation defense, family law, employment law, and other consumer law matters. The VJC will employ a holistic approach; combining the skills of attorneys and social workers working together to address the complex social and legal needs of veterans and their families.