Posted by: Ray Brescia | September 18, 2014

A Digital Approach to Access to Justice: Application Will Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

This week, the Empire Justice Center released a new web-based application to help homeowners facing foreclosure.  It takes an “analog” foreclosure guide previously prepared by Empire Justice and creates a digitial, interactive version of it.  I had the good fortune of working with Empire Justice, students and faculty at the University at Albany’s College of Information and Computing, Albany Law students, homeowners and legal services practitioners to bring the project to fruition.  Through it, homeowners in arrears in their mortgages and facing foreclosure, who may not have access to a lawyer, will have free, step-by-step guidance, fillable documents, and other forms of information that can help them navigate the foreclosure process, and, hopefully, avoid losing their homes.  This application is just the beginning of what I hope will be an ongoing partnership to develop these sorts of programs that can help expand access to justice and get critical information and guidance into the hands of low- and moderate-income consumers.  View the application here, and the press release about the launch here.

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