2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Sparky Abraham

Sparky Abraham

Name of Host Organization: Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
City, State: Oakland, California
Issue area: Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance, Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Foundation

The Project

Sparky provided legal advocacy, representation, and education for service-members and veterans to prevent harm from predatory financial services and practices, with a focus on preventing mortgage foreclosure.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Service-members and veterans face unique challenges when confronted with foreclosure, and they and their families are often targeted by predatory lenders. They also have unique options available to them in the form of legal protections and financial assistance. This project brought legal services for service-members, veterans, and military families together with legal services for foreclosure and other consumer finance problems. The result is an integrated network of knowledgeable advocates, eager to represent military families in avoiding foreclosure and combating other financial harm.
Fellowship Highlights: 
In the past two years, Sparky has:
• Advised nearly 300 service-members and veterans
• Prevented more than 20 foreclosures by obtaining loan modifications and/or money from the state
• Helped more than 20 clients get their student loans out of default and helped clients obtain more than $1.5 million in debt relief
• Advised more than 60 clients on mortgage and foreclosure issues
Where are they now?: 
Now that the Fellowship is complete, Sparky has:
• Joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Enforcement as an Honors Attorney.

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