HBOR Collaborative is partnership among National Housing Law Project, the Western Center on Law & Poverty, the National Consumer Law Center, and Tenants Together.
National Housing Law Project (NHLP), Western Center on Law & Poverty (WCLP), National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)
August 1, 2013
Attorney General Kamala Harris gave $1 million of California’s National Mortgage Settlement funds to the HBOR Collaborative to effectively implement this landmark legislation.
The national foreclosure crisis hit low-income California families especially hard. Whole neighborhoods were decimated by foreclosed properties and thousands of tenants were displaced. California’s new Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR) was passed to combat the crisis and hold banks accountable for exacerbating it. Attorney General Kamala Harris gave $1 million of California’s National Mortgage Settlement funds to the HBOR Collaborative to effectively implement this landmark legislation.
The HBOR Collaborative is a partnership among the National Housing Law Project, the Western Center on Law & Poverty, the National Consumer Law Center, and Tenants Together. These organizations utilize their advocacy networks and foreclosure expertise to educate and train California consumer attorneys on the new foreclosure protections and developing law.
Collaborative attorneys advise advocates everyday on issues ranging from suing under the new laws to stop foreclosures and evictions to seeking damages and attorney’s fees under these laws. This summer, for example, the Collaborative submitted an amicus brief on behalf of a homeowner with a Homeowner Bill of Rights claim in federal court. In another instance, a California Rural Legal Assistance attorney recently used research and a model brief supplied by the Collaborative to win a case on behalf of a tenant with disabilities who was facing eviction, allowing the tenant to remain in her housing.
In addition to providing one-on-one technical assistance, the Collaborative is amassing a library of foreclosure-related literature and litigation support materials. These resources will be available on the Collaboartive’s website here.
The California HBOR Collaborative was made possible by a grant by the Office of the Attorney General of California, from the National Mortgage Fraud Settlement, to assist California consumers.Tags: Housing: Foreclosure, Housing: Mortgage