Last year, HLS clinical students, with the help of Clinical Professor and Harvard Legal Aid Bureau Director David Grossman, started up Project No One Leaves, which provides legal aid to tenants and homeowners facing eviction in Boston. They were recently chronicled on the PBS NewsHour for their innovative work advising tenants about their legal rights and remedies to help stave off impending foreclosures.
“We get the listings, because it’s public record, of every upcoming foreclosure auction. And we head out and knock on doors”, said Grossman. “We’re building a real movement.” A follow-up installment in the NewsHour’s ongoing series on the mortgage crisis focused on an innovative program created by the students and a community group, City Life Vida Urbana, which helps tenants and homeowners buy back their foreclosed-on homes at affordable prices. Because of these efforts by HLS students, Boston leads the nation in keeping tenants and owners in their homes despite foreclosures.