Back to top

What economic recovery looks like in America

The economic crisis has devastated thousands of individuals and families across the country.  One in every 417 homes in the U.S. received a foreclosure filing in November ( – with a  total of more than 3 million homes receiving foreclosure notices in 2009 (National Association of Realtors).  The most vulnerable people in this country are seeing their situations worsen , while many who have never worried about these issues are being impacted for the first time. According to a study conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, “The nation's massive foreclosure crisis is also, at its heart, a legal crisis.” Many homeowners are losing their homes because they lack the ability to navigate the landscape of our lending laws. The Legal Services Corporation, the major federal source of funding for civil representation for the poor, reports that nonprofit legal services programs everywhere are “besieged with requests for foreclosure assistance.” Too few people are able to obtain qualified legal guidance. Foreclosures may be inevitable for many individuals, but not for all. Legal representation can help many homeowners save their homes and, more broadly, help to stabilize neighborhoods at risk.  From renegotiating the terms of a mortgage to obtaining temporary relief benefits, public interest lawyers have been instrumental in the economic recovery effort, helping people rebuild their lives and get back on their feet. In this series on Equal Justice Works’ public interest law blog, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellows and national experts will show you what economic recovery looks like from Los Angeles to New York City. -Aaron
Back to