WLC coordinates with nonprofit housing counselor SurePath and legal aid partners Legal Services for Seniors in Monterey County and Senior Citizens Legal Services in Santa Cruz County, all supported by National Mortgage Settlement Funds through California's AG.
November 1, 2013
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services for Seniors, Senior Citizens Legal Services (SCLS)
The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) is always searching for new methods and new partners to improve long-term quality of life for low-income rural families. WLC strives for effective and innovative partnership in all of its services on the rural Central Coast in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. WLC’s partners include community health centers, financial capacity building partners, family resource centers, public agencies, volunteers, and other who share WLC’s vision of long-term quality of life for vulnerable families. Here are just a few of the excellent partnerships and programs that the WLC has created to assist those in rural California.
WLC’s HomeAgain program, partners with several organizations to ensure that families affected by the foreclosure crisis receive coordinated legal and supportive services to accelerate economic recovery and improve access to housing. WLC coordinates with nonprofit housing counselor SurePath and legal aid partners Legal Services for Seniors in Monterey County and Senior Citizens Legal Services in Santa Cruz County to make this goal a reality. This amazing partnership is supported by National Mortgage Settlement Funds made possible by California’s Attorney General.
This month, WLC partnered with OneJustice’s Justice Bus Project® sponsoring Stanford University law students to help rural victims of consumer fraud and predatory lending. This event served rural families from across the Central Coast and gave students the opportunity to volunteer for economic justice. We were especially thankful for Center for Responsible Lending’s supervising attorney Maria Asturias and volunteer undergraduate students from UC Santa Cruz and CSU Monterey Bay who worked together to ensure that justice was upheld.
All of California is stronger when legal aid organizations are working together to improve access to housing, wellness, employment, and economic justice for our most vulnerable families. People often think of lawyers as divisive, but there are no better problem-solvers than legal professionals, and legal aid attorneys are the legal profession at its best.