2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow Kristen Tullos is currently at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, providing legal services to economically struggling homeowners in the Atlanta metropolitan region. Her Fellowship project is sponsored by Ford & Harrison LLP and The Home Depot. Equal Justice Works recently caught up with her to discuss how she helps homeowners access the services that they need.
What communities does your Equal Justice Works Fellowship serve?
I represent low-income homeowners at risk of foreclosure. As the foreclosure crisis deepened, I was appalled by how unfairly homeowners were being treated by banks and the devastating impact foreclosures were having on lower-income and minority communities, especially those in the metropolitan Atlanta region. In recent years, Georgia homeowners have faced high rates of foreclosure and unemployment, which lead to the state receiving a $339 million federal grant in 2010 to create HomeSafe Georgia, a state-run foreclosure prevention program.