November 5, 2012

MetroWest Legal Services has received funding to participate in a two-year effort to provide legal representation for homeowners facing foreclosure or eviction in the MetroWest region. The effort is part of the Borrower Representation Initiative (BRI), a statewide project that provides funding for legal aid programs to help borrowers avoid foreclosure and loss of their homes.

Communities across Massachusetts have been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, with more than 800 foreclosures in 2010 in the MetroWest area. As part of its participation in the BRI, MWLS will provide free legal assistance to Massachusetts residents facing the loss of their homes. Assistance will include help with avoiding eviction, investigating fraudulent foreclosures and direct legal representation before and after a foreclosure takes place.

MWLS attorney Daniel Daley will spearhead this effort as the agency’s new foreclosure attorney. Daley has extensive experience representing low-income residents with their housing-related legal issues. The new position will allow MWLS to expand the range of free legal services available across its service area. 

The BRI is funded by a $6 million grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s HomeCorps project, which was established with funds from a nationwide settlement involving the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers and their connection with unlawful foreclosures. The BRI is administered by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation and support and training for BRI attorneys is provided by the National Consumer Law Center in Boston. 

For more information or to apply for free legal help, visit www.mass.gov/ago/homecorps or call 617-573-5333.