I recently rediscovered this article in the National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Impact Newsletter about the early stages of HomeCorps. The article is from the Spring 2013 newsletter, and on page 8, describes the Massachusetts HomeCorps Program as a “small battalion [of legal services attorneys that] has been deployed to stop foreclosures in their tracks.”
Starting in 2012, I was one of the 18 attorneys hired to advocate for homeowners, tenants, and consumers facing foreclosure-related issues. We are housed in legal aid agencies across the state of Massachusetts with cases from various counties. We advocate on behalf of our clients on a vast range issues like housing, consumer rights, debt collection, mortgage issues, tax lien cases, property lien cases, and loan modification issues.
HomeCorps and legal services was one of the most fantastic, humbling, fulfilling, exciting, and challenging jobs that I have ever had. I truly loved working with my colleagues and clients. After three years with HomeCorps and legal aid, I have started the next chapter of my life and moved to Washington DC to pursue an LL.M. at the Georgetown University Law Center.
As the Massachusetts HomeCorps Program continues to grow with the National Consumer Law Center, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, it will be interesting to see how it evolves and adapts to fit the needs of communities!